Ten Hag delighted with ‘almost perfect’ defending at Liverpool

Erik ten Hag said Manchester United’s defending was ‘almost perfect’ after his side earned a goalless draw at Liverpool.

Manchester United became the first team to earn a result at Liverpool in the Premier League this season, as Ten Hag’s injury-hit squad frustrated their hosts at Anfield.


United were without several senior names, including Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire, but earned a valuable point on Merseyside.

The Red Devils – who ended the game with ten men after Diogo Dalot’s late red card for dissent – had chances to snatch the points, with Rasmus Hojlund coming closest.

Ten Hag praised the performance from his team, who he believes ‘fought for the badge’ at Anfield. He called the club’s defending almost perfect, having conceded seven goals during a record-breaking defeat at Liverpool last season.

“You have to fight always for the badge. We play in very high highs and also sometimes in very low lows. If you want to achieve something in a season you can’t be below certain limits so we have to get the consistency,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports.

“This was a very good performance, you saw Liverpool’s results at home and we got a clean sheet. In the second half we had some very good chances, then you can take the points from here but we are pleased with the performance of the team.

“You know the chance will come and you have to believe that. The team has to never switch off, keep the discipline and you do that you can even win the game.

“The way we defended it was almost perfect. When we made a mistake there was always a team-mate to sort it out. I think that is the big win from today, we have to keep this and bring this every game.

“Always you have to fight for each other. At Manchester United it is always the same – we against the rest.”

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