Ten Hag hailed United’s ‘huge’ spirit after the derby turnaround

Erik ten Hag celebrated after Manchester United came from behind to deny Manchester City

Erik ten Hag praised the passion and faith shown by Manchester United as they came from behind to beat city rivals Manchester City 2-1 in a dramatic derby.

Pep Guardiola’s side took a second-half lead at Old Trafford through substitute Jack Grealish, but quick goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford turned the blockbuster fight on its head.

United are now in contention for the title after a ninth successive win in all competitions – and 10th at home. They have reduced the gap on their second-placed rivals to one point, and are only six points behind leaders Arsenal.

It was the first time since a 3-2 defeat to Cardiff City in August 2013 that the Citizens lost after opeeeeeeeeeening the scoring in the first half and Ten Hag paid tribute to his players’ efforts.

“I’m very happy with the team’s performance,” he told BT Sport. “The team spirit is huge, there is belief that the game lasts 90 minutes, and we can fight back.

“The belief is back, and we are in a good direction. You have to work hard to keep possession [against a team like City]. They have quality in individual moments to score goals. We saw that today. One mistake and they scored. .”

United equalized in controversial fashion 12 minutes from time when Fernandes curled past Ederson after Rashford, who was in an offside position, ran onto Casemiro’s cross but missed the ball.

The initial offside decision was overturned by VAR much to City’s dismay, although Ten Hag empathized with their frustration.

“I can also see it from the other side,” he added. “It’s a confusing moment for the opposing back line.

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“The rules say Marcus doesn’t touch the ball, and he doesn’t interfere. Bruno came from behind – but I could see it from the other side.”

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