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“A narrow escape,” Erik ten Hag reaction to UCL win over Copenhagen

Erik ten Hag reaction to UCL win over Copenhagen: An unreal goal by Harry Maguire and a stoppage-time penalty save by Onana ensured the “Red Devils” grabbed in an emotional UCL win at Old Trafford.

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Erik ten Hag, speaking to TNT Sports after the game: “Of course, it is incredible and a great night.

“Especially in the dying second when you concede a penalty, but a brilliant save from Andre Onana.

“Those players, Harry Maguire played a good game and Andre Onana as well. He made an important save just after half-time.

“A poor first-half, but we stayed calm and in the second-half we stepped up and made more chances than them. It was a narrow escape in the end.”

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Erik ten Hag on team balance: “Of course every time we have to change the back line, if you look back to last year we had a very good back four and so consistent, with Casemiro in front all the time we controlled the ball.

“This season every time we have had to swap the back four and then the routines go away and the midfield opens up, and we struggle to get the right balance.

“We have seen games this season where we have not had good possession and we lose control in midfield.

Erik ten Hag concluded: “I am sure when we get the routines back in the back four it gives the team a foundation to play off.”

"A narrow escape," Erik ten Hag reaction to UCL win over Copenhagen

“A narrow escape,” Erik ten Hag reaction to UCL win over Copenhagen SoccerDew

Man Utd 1-0 Copenhagen: Key stats

Manchester United have won their past three European matches against Danish sides, their joint-longest such run against teams from Denmark (also three in a row between 1998 and 2006).

Manchester United ended a run of five Champions League games without a win (D2 L3), with this their first clean sheet in the competition since their last victory in November 2021 (2-0 against Villareal).

Manchester United have conceded a penalty in each of their three Champions League games this season, having not faced a penalty in the competition in their previous 35 games in the competition beforehand, since David De Gea saved one against CSKA Moscow in October 2015.

Bruno Fernandes created four chances for his Manchester United teammates tonight, no player had more, only once previously in the Champions League has he created more goalscoring chances in a single match – eight against Atalanta in October 2021.

Harry Maguire scored just his second Champions League goal (12th appearance), his first since October 2021, against Atalanta.

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