Erik ten Hag hails Man United for seeing out narrow win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has hailed the character of his players following their 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

Bruno Fernandes’ strike before the half-time break secured the three points for the Red Devils as they took a step closer to securing Champions League next season.

Ten Hag paid tribute to his ‘knackered’ players for seeing out the win as he insisted they could’ve scored more than just the one goal.

‘I’m really happy with the points but also with the performance.’ the Dutchman said speaking to BBC Match of The Day.

‘Really good performance against a Villa side who did not lose in 10 games, scored in every game and we were in complete control. It could have been 3-1 or 4-1 so a really good and impressive performance.

‘All year we play 90 minutes and one game we were 2-0 up and we were obviously not in a good position in the second half [against Tottenham] but recently the players played 90 minutes, they were knackered and look at Brighton, they were knackered as well and then a bad performance, it’s not acceptable.

‘We know that because we spoke with the lads about it. We have seen character today, we were determined, passionate and we had to win and played good football.

Ten Hag also heaped praise on defender Victor Lindelof, who impressed in his fifth consecutive starts since Raphael Varane suffered an injury.

‘He’s playing fantastic. Really good games in and out of possession. Today totally defending in control but then building up as well, good positioning, good decisions so we are happy with that,’ Ten Hag said.

‘The games and life are much easier if you get the second goal earlier or get the second goal. We already have seen we have many players, including Lindelof, who are determined to win the game in attack and defence and that is what you need if you want to be successful.’

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