Manchester United manager Eric ten Hag will deal with Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday but focused immediately after the match on what he felt was his team’s most complete performance under his eye in their victory over Tottenham Hotspur score 2:0.
United were superb in front of their home fans, landing 28 shots against nine Tottenham, with goals coming from Fred in the 47th minute and Bruno Fernandes in the 69th. Their defense was also impressively solid, allowing Tottenham to only score 0.48 of the expected goals.
In the closing minutes as United defended their lead, Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines by coming out of the tunnel early, clearly unhappy with his lack of involvement as an unused substitute.
Speaking to Amazon Prime after the competition, Ten Hag said that dealing with Ronaldo was a challenge for another day and that he would spend Wednesday evening celebrating the completed performance.
“I will deal with [Ronaldo] tomorrow, not today,” he said. “Today we celebrate this victory, and now we need to recover from it.
“I knew [form] will come with [Fernandes]. Sometimes you have periods as a striker or striker and you don’t score but suddenly come back. I think it’s important for Bruno that he scores a goal, but again I think he played a great role today.
“There were so many things that were really good – our organization, our pressing organization was amazing, great – also I think the rest of the defense and counter-pressing was really good.
Performance. Team spirit. Atmosphere.
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“Honestly, I didn’t expect this before [the game] because the Spurs have played very well this season, and they play very solidly – every performance is just excellent. I thought we had to be very good to win and we did. It was a great performance and I hope we have established a new base.
“From start to finish, we dictated the course of the game, which we didn’t do against Liverpool and Arsenal. I want to point out that we’ve had more good performances this season, but you’re seeing development in the process and I’m clearly happy with that.”
The move lifts United to fifth in the table on a tied goal difference and they will look to build on that momentum in a big game at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Saturday.