Liverpool suffered a disappointing 0-0 draw against Manchester United.
Expressing contentment, Erik ten Hag approved of Manchester United’s performance, securing a goalless draw against Liverpool.
Entering the match following a 3-0 loss to Bournemouth at Old Trafford and an early exit from the Champions League group stage, the Red Devils were under scrutiny.
Moreover, their previous encounter at Anfield resulted in a humbling 7-0 defeat last season, while Liverpool boasted an undefeated record at home this season.
Even with Jurgen Klopp’s team taking 34 shots, Manchester United effectively minimized the hosts’ clear-cut chances. Despite facing pressure from certain supporters, ten Hag expressed his delight with the performance of his men.
The Red Devils boss told BBC: How pleased was I with the performance? In a lot of respects, yeah, absolutely. The performances were very good from the side. I think [on] the game plan, the players were brilliant in how they were together and they stuck together, how they were fighting.
“Maybe the only criticism would be in possession – we could have hurt them more. We get one, two, three passes and we are in. But that was the only thing. We could have scored one of the two big opportunities and even won the game, but I think we defended very well.”
“You have seen Liverpool and it is an obviously very good team, and a very good attacking team. They have a lot of good movements and you have to defend very disciplined. Big compliment to the team, [because] we did that. The spirit, the passion, the desire, we had [it], and also [we were] smart.”
Liverpool’s defender, Virgil van Dijk, claimed that only one team displayed a genuine intent to win the game, while United seemed content with securing a point and were described as ‘buzzing’ about it.
During his post-match press conference, when questioned about van Dijk’s remarks, ten Hag replied: “This is his opinion.”