Ten Hag singles out key performance after Man Utd end Aston Villa’s 10-game unbeaten run

Erik ten Hag has given his reaction after Manchester United ended Aston Villa’s 10-game unbeaten run at Old Trafford, cementing the Red Devil’s spot in the top four.

Bruno Fernandes’ first-half goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Man Utd amid a backdrop of anti-Glazer protests on Sunday.

United had failed to win their last three Premier League matches against Villa and looked determined to halt that run as they flew out of the blocks at Old Trafford.

Casemiro struck the crossbar, before Ten Hag’s team deservedly went ahead when Fernandes fought to turn home after Emiliano Martinez pushed away a Marcus Rashford shot.

Villa could not respond as they failed to score in a Premier League match for the first time under Emery, with the impressive Victor Lindelof clearing a late Douglas Luiz attempt off the line.

In his post match interview, Ten Hag highlighted how much Man Utd improved on their disappointing 2-2 draw with Manchester United in their previous match.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “I’m really happy with the points but also with the performance.

“Really good performance against a Villa side who did not lose in 10 games, scored in every game and we were in complete control. It could have been 3-1 or 4-1 so a really good and impressive performance.

“All year we play 90 minutes and one game we were 2-0 up and we were obviously not in a good position in the second half [against Tottenham] but recently the players played 90 minutes, they were knackered and look at Brighton, they were knackered as well and then a bad performance, it’s not acceptable.

“We know that because we spoke with the lads about it. We have seen character today, we were determined, passionate and we had to win and played good football.

Ten Hag drew attention to Lindelof, who as mentioned, out in a match-winning performance after blocking a late Luiz effort.

“Lindelof is playing fantastic. Really good games in and out of possession. Today totally defending in control but then building up as well, good positioning, good decisions so we are happy with that.”

“The games and life are much easier if you get the second goal earlier or get the second goal. We already have seen we have many players, including Lindelof, who are determined to win the game in attack and defence and that is what you need if you want to be successful.”

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