Erik Ten Hag Names Two Man United Stars Who 'made a Difference' During Liverpool Win

Erik Ten Hag Names Two Man United Stars Who 'made a Difference' During Liverpool Win

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:09 PM
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  • Erik ten Hag has singled out two Manchester United stars for praise after his side's 2-1 win over Liverpool
  • The United boss hailed the leadership of Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane on the pitch, asserting that it made the difference
  • Fernandes was handed the captain's armband in the absence of Harry Maguire, who was benched during the match

Erik ten Hag has singled out two Manchester United players for praise following his side's 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday night, August 22.

United, who were yet to collect a single point in the new season, staged an epic performance to see off the Reds at Old Trafford.

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Raphael Varane celebrates with Bruno Fernandes during their Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. Photo by Ash Donelon.
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The Red Devils had lost two of their opening matches of the new season and were desperate to pick a win to get their campaign back on track.

And a goal each from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford on either half of the clash made the difference as the hosts stormed to a crucial victory.

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Erik ten Hag names two players who made the difference against Liverpool

While Sancho and Rashford stole the limelight with their vital goals, Ten Hag believes it was Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane who made the difference during the match.

Fernandes captained the team after Harry Maguire was dropped to the bench, with Varane making the first team alongside Lisandro Martinez in the heart of defence.

Speaking after the encounter, Ten Hag hailed the leadership of the duo on the pitch as his charges silenced the Reds.

"I think he took the responsibility, and I think he showed leadership with Rapha Varane on the pitch," the Dutchman told Sky Sports after the match.
"They make a huge difference, but that is what we have to bring but not just them two; we need more leaders," he added.

Bruno Fernandes thinks that Ronaldo still wants to leave Manchester United

At the same time, Sports Brief reported that Bruno Fernandes has suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo is still keen on leaving Manchester United this summer.

Ronaldo has widely been linked with an exit despite still having a year left on his current deal with the Red Devils.

It is believed that the 37-year-old has already made it clear to United about his desire to quit the Theatre of Dreams. Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, has been hunting for a new home for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, but there have been no interested suitors.

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