Ten Hag Names the Player Who Made the Difference During Comeback Win Over Nottingham Forest

Ten Hag Names the Player Who Made the Difference During Comeback Win Over Nottingham Forest

Fred Kennedy
updated at August 27, 2023 at 5:37 PM
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  • Manchester United came from two goals down to stun Nottingham Forest 3-2 at Old Trafford
  • Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly scored two early goals for the visitors before United turned it around
  • Eriksen, Casemiro, and Bruno Fernandes were all on target for the Red Devils

Erik ten Hag has singled out Bruno Fernandes for praise following Manchester United's comeback win over Nottingham Forest.

United were desperate to return to winning ways during the Premier League clash staged at Old Trafford on Saturday, having lost at Tottenham during their last outing.

However, it was a hard-fought win for the hosts as they found themselves trailing Nottingham 2-0 just five minutes into the match.

Bruno Fernandes celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest. Photo by Stu Forster.
Bruno Fernandes celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest. Photo by Stu Forster.
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Sky Sports reports that the Red Devils conceded twice within 227 seconds in what was their worst opening to a Premier League game.

Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly were both on target for the visitors before Christian Eriksen pulled one back for United before the interval.

Casemiro went on to make it 2-2 after the break, with Bruno Fernandes scoring the winner from the penalty spot to turn it around for the home side.

Ten Hag hails Fernandes

Speaking after the match, Ten Hag was full of praise for Fernandes, as he singled out the midfielder as the difference maker in their comeback win.

“Horror start, we were undisciplined. They were easy give-aways. It’s just crazy," he said via The Sun.
“But the character of the team was just brilliant. To stay calm after such a messy start is brilliant.
“Bruno played a very good game — at the highest level. He kept in emotional control and was brilliant in helping make the difference," he added.

Rashford appears to hit ball boy

Sports Brief has also reported that Marcus Rashford courted controversy on Saturday after appearing to strike a ball boy during the game against Nottingham Forest.

United did brilliantly to come from a 2-0 down to claim all three points against a determined Forest, who gave Erik Ten Hag’s men a real test.

Taiwo Awoniyi put the visitors ahead in the first two minutes before Willy Boly doubled his side’s advantage thanks to some poor marking from United players.

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