Erik ten Hag on Cristiano Ronaldo staying at Man Utd
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has admitted he wanted Christian Eriksen to score against Arsenal – instead of providing an assist for Marcus Rashford. The Red Devils made it four Premier League wins in a row at the expense of their fierce rivals on Sunday. And it appears they’ve now turned a corner after a difficult start to the Erik ten Hag era.
Manchester United were too strong for Arsenal on Sunday, with the Red Devils registering their biggest win of the Ten Hag era so far.
Antony opened the scoring on his debut in the 35th minute, with the Brazil international coolly slotting past Aaron Ramsdale after some good work from Marcus Rashford.
Bukayo Saka then drew Arsenal level, only for Rashford to score twice in nine minutes to give the home side all three points.
For Rashford’s second goal, and United’s third, Eriksen could have put the ball in the net himself.
And Fernandes, speaking to club media in the aftermath of the fixture, has now admitted he’d hoped the Denmark international would score instead of giving the ball to his team-mate.
“It was really nice but I was saying to Christian to score that goal so he can give me another assist!” he said.
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“Obviously it was well played by Christian.
“It’s not easy for a player in front of goal to pass the ball so well played by Christian, very good.”
Fernandes praised United for the way they handled the threat of Arsenal, who registered more shots and had more of the ball throughout the showdown.
“I thought everyone was compact,” said the Portugal international, who provided the assist for Rashford’s second goal.
“The togetherness was there, the fighting spirit and everything and that’s why we get the three points and that’s why we have a performance like that.
“Sometimes you have to be deep, you have to defend, you have to defend your own box because the other team has quality and can cause you problems.
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“If you do like we did today, you don’t concede many and you score more than them.
“We know we can be a threat on the counter-attack and we can also play a little bit more and we have to play a little bit more, we know that.”
Fernandes does feel, however, that United must make winning a habit now they’ve won four matches in a row.
The victory over Arsenal came after the Red Devils had got the better of the likes of Leicester, Southampton and Liverpool.
Fernandes said: “It has to become a habit.
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“We know that, playing for this club, [winning] has to be a habit. We have to do that.
“We know that sometimes we get a result, sometimes we don’t, but the fight and the spirit and the togetherness has to always be there to get three points.”
Another player who spoke out after the game was Rashford.
And he admitted United did well to emerge victorious, especially given how Arsenal boasted a 100 per cent record prior to the clash.
“The fact they’ve had such a good start to the season meant it was a big test for us today,” admitted the 24-year-old, who has scored three goals in six matches.
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“We showed up and we stood up to the challenge. We can all be proud of ourselves today.
“They’re a good team, they know the principles of play and they’re very good at it.
“They’re a good possession-based team, they offer a lot of difficulties with players dropping deep in the pockets and have some attacking threat so it was a difficult game and it’s what we expected so we [had] to be up for the challenge.
“In the second half we managed to exploit spaces and that’s what made the difference.
“We had to try and look for that a little bit more in the first half but we’re pleased that it came in the second half and we could do good things with the space that we [saw].”
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