Beating City 2-1 strengthened the rising perception that Ten Hag is popping the fortunes round for the 20-time English champion.
It may be too quickly for the Dutchman to mount a real league title problem this season, however the enchancment at United to document 9 straight wins in all competitions is clear.
United is as much as third on the desk — a degree behind City and six off chief Arsenal, which performs Tottenham on Sunday.
“We improved, that is apparent,” Ten Hag stated. “Still an extended option to go. . . plenty of elements in our sport we’ve got to enhance, however we’re progressing.”
City took the lead within the second half by way of substitute Jack Grealish, however Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford secured a come-from-behind win for the house staff.
United was 10 factors away from its fiercest rival Liverpool, which suffered a sixth league loss at Brighton, and first there since 1961.
Solly March scored twice and substitute Danny Welbeck added a 3rd for Brighton.
Jurgen Klopp’s staff faces a combat simply to qualify for the Champions League after this newest blow, which left Liverpool seven factors off fourth-placed Newcastle.
“Everything went incorrect from the start to the top. Brighton had been higher than us in all departments. It’s an actual low level as a staff,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson stated. “It’s a tricky second however we have to get collectively, keep collectively, and attempt to change issues shortly. We should attempt to be taught and present a response.”
At the underside of the desk, Southampton adopted up its win towards City within the League Cup in midweek by beating Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Nottingham Forest boosted its possibilities of survival by beating Leicester 2-0, and Wolverhampton Wanderers topped West Ham 1-0 to maneuver out of the relegation zone.
Marcus Rashford scored his sixteenth aim of the season and his eighth in his final seven video games, however Ten Hag most well-liked to reward his bodily sturdiness over his ending after the win towards City,
“He is aware of that in soccer it’s important to endure and sacrifice and have painful moments, particularly a participant like him,” Ten Hag stated. “He is unstoppable, and opponents will go robust towards him however he retains going and he received rewarded and the staff received a reward.”
Two-goal Solly March credited Brighton supervisor Roberto de Zerbi for his efficiency within the sensible consequence towards Liverpool.
“I really like taking part in for Roberto de Zerbi. He’s nice. He places his arm round you and tells you you are a good participant and perhaps that is what I wanted,” March stated.
On a day when Everton’s board of administrators was instructed to not attend its dwelling match with Southampton due to a “actual and credible menace to their security and safety,” the staff’s hopes of league survival took one other blow after a 2-1 loss.
“We should take duty, myself first. We should do higher,” Everton supervisor Frank Lampard stated.
Nottingham Forest has misplaced simply one among its final six league video games and is 5 factors away from the relegation zone after dispatching Leicester.
“It’s a giant win. It is an area derby and you all the time need to do properly for the supporters,” Forest supervisor Steve Cooper stated.
West Ham dropped into the underside three after shedding at fellow relegation struggler Wolverhampton 1-0.
“What we have discovered this yr is that we won’t end the probabilities after we get them,” West Ham supervisor David Moyes stated.
Ivan Toney scored his 14th aim of the season in Brentford’s 2-0 win towards Bournemouth. The striker transformed a primary half-penalty, which continued his good document from the spot for the Bees, with 21 scored from 21 makes an attempt.
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