Embattled Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag has hit again at critics of Bruno Fernandes after the Pink Devils captain scored a stoppage-time winner towards Fulham on Saturday to earn the guests a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage saving the Dutch job.
The Pink Devils travelled to Craven Cottage below monumental strain after back-to-back dwelling defeats towards Manchester Metropolis and Newcastle, shedding each matches 3-0.
They thought they’d taken an early lead in west London however noticed Scott McTominay’s effort dominated out for a marginal offside by VAR after which needed to stand up to a number of durations of sustained strain from Fulham.
It was a below-par efficiency from United and Fulham had a number of probabilities to take the lead, however Fernandes produced a second of magic within the 91st minute to assert all three factors on the dying.
Requested what he says to individuals who have questioned Fernandes’ captaincy credentials, Ten Hag stated:
“So everybody has their errors and nobody is ideal. However he’s doing plenty of issues superb. He exhibits each time as a captain that he’s an instance,” Ten Hag advised TNT Sports activities.
“As you noticed as we speak, how he’s working, how he’s urgent after which ultimately he scores the aim. So he’s massively essential for us.”
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Requested how large a aim it was for his facet, Ten Hag replied: “It’s clear. We scored a aim at first [offside goal], we scored ultimately.
“However should you rating ultimately, away from dwelling, it’s at all times the very best second as a result of for the opponent it’s then nearly no time to get again.”
The Portuguese midfielder had been criticised within the wake of final weekend’s defeat to Metropolis, with Roy Keane saying his ‘moaning’ meant he was not ‘captain materials’ whereas Gary Neville additionally stated he was not an excellent match for the management function.
However Ten Hag feels his skipper’s show towards Fulham has firmly shut them up, praising Fernandes for as soon as once more delivering when it mattered most and main by instance.
Reacting to his late aim, Fernandes stated: “With the aim you possibly can see the idea of everybody, combating for that ball. Everybody was combating and on the finish, I may get the shot for the aim and the three factors.
“It’s actually essential, we all know the place we’re in. We have to get outcomes; it was massively essential for us to get the three factors as we speak. We have to get factors to start out constructing one thing, we’ve got to start out someplace as a result of we’ve obtained large video games coming.”ause we’ve obtained large video games coming.”