Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said Bruno Fernandes He has shown his “personality” to leave criticism behind after the defeat against Liverpool.
Ten Hag hailed Fernandes as man of the match in United’s 4-1 Europa League win over Real Betis at Old Trafford, just four days after a 7-0 humiliation against Liverpool on Sunday.
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United captain Fernandes has come under fire for his performance at Anfield but responded with a goal and an assist.
“I think he was the best player on the field,” Ten Hag said. “He showed his personality. He played a bit of a deeper role tonight and I think he was brilliant, playing the game from behind in position, a lot of good passes between the lines and from there we created a lot of chances.”
Ten Hag also praised the fans at Old Trafford after admitting he didn’t know how they would react to the team after the weekend’s result in Merseyside.
“I was curious about that and was pleased with the crowd’s response to the team,” Ten Hag added. “From minute one they were behind the team, the team gave energy for their performance and they returned it. There is a great bond between the team and the fans and we are happy about that.
“We said we had to restart and bounce back. We didn’t ignore it (Liverpool’s result). We made mistakes and they beat us. We don’t control the standards we have and we show complacency and that can never be done.” in high-altitude football”.
United, which sits third in the Premier League with 49 points, host Southampton on Sunday.