Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag used halftime to rectify the problem the team faced after Alejandro Garnacho’s wonder goal
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag corrected the passive attitude of his team during the halftime to secure the win. United beat Everton 0-3 at Goodison Park in the Premier League game to continue their winning run in the competition.
Ten Hag honoured the touchline ban against Everton after accumulating three yellow cards since the start of the season. The ban limited the influence of the 53-year-old during the game but he utilized the halftime to relay necessary instructions.
United scored an early goal with a beautiful overhead goal from Alejandro Garnacho in the third minute of the game. However, the Red Devils failed to be a continuous threat during the first half while Everton missed numerous chances.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Ten Hag revealed the necessary changes that his team required during the halftime to secure victory. He said:
“The start of the game, very good. A very good team goal, the finish was incredible – world class. Probably already the goal of the season. Magnificent moment. Then we went passive and Everton went in the game. At half-time we corrected it and were very good. We were proactive, taking the initiative and scoring great goals.”
Ten Hag’s input helped United finish the game during the second half as the team utilized two moments of counter-attack. Out-of-form Marcus Rashford scored a penalty to boost his confidence and another struggling forward Anthony Martial scored the third goal.
The important victory takes the Red Devils just four points away from the top-four position in the Premier League. However, Ten Hag cannot overlook the contrasting attacking approaches between his team and the Toffees.
Everton had 24 shots compared to only nine shots from the Red Devils but fortunately, the Toffees wasted every opportunity.
The United boss welcomed Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka back to the first-team action which is another positive. United are heading into the congested December fixture and the return of these important senior team members is significant.
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Next up for the Red Devils is a crucial Champions League clash against Galatasaray at the RAMS Park Stadium, where a victory is imperative. The stadium’s hostile reputation toward visiting teams is well-known, but Ten Hag‘s imperative is to secure a victory in this crucial game. A poor result would mean elimination from the Champions League before reaching the knockout stage which is just unacceptable.