Erik ten Hag singles out moment vs Southampton that represents how he wants Man Utd to play

Erik ten Hag singles out moment vs Southampton that represents how he wants Man Utd to play

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has singled out a moment against Southampton that represented how he would like his team to play.

Man United secured their second win in a row when they sealed a hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton away from home.

Bruno Fernandes scored the match-winning goal early in the first half after a beautiful team play that involved Diogo Dalot and Anthony Elanga and Bruno Fernandes.

And Erik ten Hag has highlighted that moment as the ideal way he wants his Manchester United side to play.

Speaking about Fernandes’ goal, the Dutchman told BT Sport: “Not only from Bruno [Fernandes], don’t get me wrong it was a fantastic finish, but I think it was the best part of us. That is how I want us to play.

The win over Southampton was United’s second win on the bounce after their resounding 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday night but these successes came after two defeats to Brighton and Brentford.

Ten Hag is convinced his side has learnt from their mistakes against the Seagulls and the Bees.

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“I think the players learnt some lessons from Brentford,” said Ten Hag. “We were more compact on the long balls. Of course, we were really happy. The goal we created, we could have made more. You hope to have more control in the last 30 minutes of the game.

“Before half time we already had the best chance of the game. I was satisfied. At the start of the game we could have created more. It is the start of the season, it is tough. You have to battle and we did that today so we were rewarded.

We kept control straight after half time, moved it around and we created three really good chances straight after half time. I still feel there’s room for improvement, to control more, but we are not that long in our way. We can improve that’s clear.”