Erik ten Hag praises Manchester United stars Marcel Sabitzer, Antony and Jadon Sancho after Brentford win
Manager Erik ten Hag was pleased with Jadon Sancho, Marcel Sabitzer and Antony’s performances in Manchester United’s 1-0 Premier League win against Brentford on Wednesday (April 5).
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game, which came in the 27th minute through a very clever knockdown from Sabitzer. Antony and Sancho were also making things happen in the final third.
They didn’t really have any standout opportunities but were pretty decent during the game. In fact, Ten Hag singled out the trio after the game to praise them and told Sky Sports (h/t BBC):
“So I was really happy with the performance from Jadon Sancho, Antony and Marcel Sabitzer because all game they were a threat and they can do it. The retune of Anthony Martial can help us so we have options there.”
Smart from Ten Hag
Rashford was of course the start of the day but it’s good to see Ten Hag praising the players who need it the most. Antony and Sancho have been in the centre of the critics’ crosshairs at any given opportunity.
Sabitzer, who is on loan at Old Trafford from Bayern Munich, would also feel much better after getting an assist and being singled out for praise by the manager following the full-time whistle.
Despite the win, we are still fourth in the league table with 53 points from 28 games, the same as third-placed Newcastle United, who have a superior goal difference.
Anthony Martial’s return is good news for us just before an important few weeks in the season where we have to ensure a top-four finish, an FA Cup trophy and glory in the UEFA Europa League.
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Our next task is a home league game against Everton on 8 April. Let’s see if Sancho and Antony impressed Ten Hag enough to keep them in the starting XI against the Toffees. It will also be neat to see Bruno Fernandes and Sabitzer in midfield once again.