Erik ten Hag and his team had an exciting night. Manchester United played 2-2 against Leeds United, and Jadon Sancho, who returned after a long break, scored one of the goals. The Dutchman revealed the reasons why he brought Sancho into the game.
"I wanted a different dynamic,” Ten Hag told the BBC.
“In that moment we weren't in the game. Luckily it succeeded because we scored two goals. Very happy. He's all the way back.
We know he's a magnificent player. I think consistently he can have a big impact.
But he has to work hard. It will motivate him to get more. I really enjoyed it, especially for him. It will strengthen him.
If you play a derby you need a different attitude. You have to start and be ready and take responsibility, win your battles and be composed on the ball."
Erik ten Hag and Leeds United start
Erik ten Hag believes that his team was surprised by Leeds United's furious start.
"It looked like my players were surprised by Leeds’ quick start. I have mixed feelings about the performance.
Of course in the end we were happy to win a point,” he added. “But we dropped two points. It was a very bad start, unacceptable, especially in a derby you have to be ready to battle and take responsibility.
We didn't do that." He expected his team to score an equalizing goal, which did not happen in the first half. “[We knew] they will go aggressive, front foot, against a team on a good run they'll try to get into duels and that's what they did.
We created great chances.
At half-time we had to equalise. If you start the second half the same as the first half you make it really difficult.
I have to complement the team and resilience to fight back. We made two great team goals”.