Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was pleased to see his side returning to winning ways against Leeds United and his gleeful celebration after Alejandro Garnacho scored summed up his feelings right now.
The game at Elland Road was a closely contested battle as Leeds started the game well. Ten Hag’s side had to weather the storm but managed to stand up to the test of Leeds.
David De Gea did well to keep a clean sheet on his 400th league appearance for United. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a fine header before Garnacho put the cherry on top.
The result leaves Ten Hag’s side third in the Premier League table and only five points away from Arsenal. While a title race might be out of their reach right now, they are definitely heading in the right direction.
If the Red Devils were to continue to average two points per game, they will finish the season with 76 points which would be a vast improvement on last year.
The United boss was particularly impressed with Rashford’s impact as he hailed the United forward as one of the best in Europe right now.
Ten Hag told the club website: “He is definitely one of them. I was convinced [by him] from the first moment. I was really excited to work with him. I thought I could get more out of him.
“He has so many skills, such high potential, and I think that can be even more. When he works well, he will score even more goals because he can score with his right, his left, and with his head.
“You [the media] asked me: ‘do you have a player in your squad that can score 20 goals?’ in August/September, and I confirmed, I think he [Rashford] can do it.
“If you are satisfied with it [scoring goals], it will stop, because you have to keep investing every day, keep the focus in every game and bring the energy and the belief, then you will score.
“I don’t know where it will stop, but he has to go from game to game and during the week, do the right things.”
Ten Hag had a difficult start to life at Old Trafford with consecutive losses against Brighton and Brentford at the start of the season. Since that point though, they haven’t looked back.
In fact, United would sit top of the Premier League table right now if you were to discount the first two game weeks, which is a remarkable turnaround from the Dutch boss.
This reaction to Garnacho’s goal says it all. Everyone at United is on the same page right now and they are a force to be reckoned with under Ten Hag.