26 Aug Ten Hag praises Utd comeback after ‘horror start’
“It’s a horror start giving them two goals and making mistakes, but I’m very pleased with the comeback,” Dutchman Ten Hag told reporters. “The leadership, how we stayed calm and composed, stick to the plan and belief and turnaround.
“We played very good football, out of the plan and principles and rules we scored good goals.”
So Saturday’s win was welcome, although Ten Hag said it was natural that sides have teething problems early in the season.
“Every team in the start has areas they have to improve and we have some, we have to progress there if you want to be successful but you see this team has big characters, big personalities,” he said.
“There’s big spirit in this team, they found a way to win.”
Skipper Fernandes was inspirational and Ten Hag was effusive in his praise for the Portugal midfielder.
“In all aspects he played a very good game at the highest level, keeping calm, using his emotions at the right moment, he was brilliant in attacking, making a difference, very pleased with his performance,” he said.
There was one casualty of the win with defender Raphaël Varane forced off with an injury.