Erik ten Hag on Raphael Varane and Kobbie Mainoo's performance post-Liverpool draw

"If you are good enough, you are old enough."- Erik ten Hag said.

by Sead Dedovic
Erik ten Hag on Raphael Varane and Kobbie Mainoo's performance post-Liverpool draw
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Liverpool and Manchester United ended their match at Anfield in a goalless draw (0-0). Although Liverpool had the initiative during most of the match, Manchester United looked great defensively and it is clear what the intentions of the Dutch expert were. At the end of the match, Erik ten Hag was happy with his team's performance, and he was especially happy with the performance of Raphael Varane, who was one of the best individuals in the match. The French player finally showed the abilities long awaited from him. This presents an opportunity for him to boost his performance and compete for a place in the starting XI.

"Absolutely, but we know what he is capable of and he has many such performances. I think he did very well, as the whole team did, [and] in the partnership with Jonny Evans, they were both leading the team from the back. I think also Andre Onana played a big part in it but I can mention all the players because it was really a team [performance]. Very disciplined, but we should have taken [advantage] more on the ball. With three or four passes, that we are capable of, we could have even hurt the opponent more. But all over, in the end, you have to conclude that we had the best chances from open play, from Rasmus Hojlund and Garnacho."- he said, as quoted by!

Kobbie Mainoo

18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo impressed everyone with his maturity. Although he is only 18 years old, this defensive midfielder looked great with the ball, he ran a lot and did not give space to the opposing players.

"If you are good enough, you are old enough. He proved that. When he gets used more often to those games, we will get even more joy from it. Because then his scanning and his speed of action, he can get such passes, three or four passes in and get switches in, and he is the player who can really hurt opponents."

Admittedly, Manchester United didn't perform well offensively. They struggled to link up numerous passes and missed several potential scoring opportunities.

"After the ball regains, and we know they have a strong counter-press, but then you need to keep the ball. You need to get three or four passes in and in such moments then you can hurt them, like we did with the chance for Garnacho and the chance for Rasmus Hojlund in the second half."

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