Three things Erik ten Hag got right as Man Utd come from behind to beat Man City

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    Erik ten Hag has notched the biggest win of his Manchester United career after leading his side to a stunning 2-1 win over rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford.

    Late goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford cancelled out Jack Grealish's second half opener to see the Red Devils move up to third in the Premier League, and to within just a point of Pep Guardiola's side.

    Here, Daily Star Sport runs through the things we feel Ten Hag got right out there today.

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    Containing Haaland

    It many ways, this was the be all and end all for United today. Stop Haaland and you stop City, and that's exactly what they did.

    The giant Norwegian stumbled around the Old Trafford pitch like Big Foot with a hangover, barely getting a sniff as United's busy stars men eliminated space between the lines to prevent Haaland's handlers from unleashing the beast.

    Even after City broke the deadlock the plan remained the same, and their dramatic late comeback is the prize they have to show for it.

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    Solid midfield structure

    It makes sense when you're up against the champions but Ten Hag's decision to partner Casemiro with fellow midfield destroyer Fred in the double pivot was a smart one.

    The two dovetailed beautifully to shield the back-line and deny City's creators the space to operate and move fluidly, and given how deep the two were when City were on the ball it felt like United were playing with a back six.

    Their effectiveness drained City's confidence, particularly in the first half, and although Rashford scored the winner, you could easily argue that Casemiro and Fred were the real difference-makers.

    Faith in Garnacho

    Alejandro Garnacho's introduction in the second half made a massive difference with the 18-year-old's invention and energy perking United up at just the right time and helping to peg City back.

    Ten Hag's faith in the youngster has clearly jacked up his confidence, and today that paid dividends, with Garnacho setting up Rashford's late winner.

    A good substitute, sure, but what Ten Hag has truly got right is his smart use of the Argentina U20 star over the past few months.


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