Ten Hag explains Hojlund’s substitution and Maguire makes a decision

Harry Maguire has started back-to-back wins for Man United, while Rasmus Hojlund remains without a goal in the Premier.

 Hojlund is yet to score in the competition Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag praised Harry Maguire for “playing the way we want him to play”.

Maguire started United’s last two wins against Brentford and Sheffield United and was named man of the match in the latter on Saturday night.

United fans loudly serenaded Maguire at full-time as he approached the away game, and he was also warmly welcomed by supporters of his former club.

“Harry plays the way we want him to play,” Ten Hag said. “Very proactive, out of possession, dominates the opponent, intervenes when necessary, reads the game, recovers well, but is also in possession of the ball, very proactive, intervenes, good passing game, vertical passing game, good transitions. I am satisfied with his performance.

“Rasmus Hojlund is yet to score in the Premier League after five starts ahead of next week’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Hojlund was replaced by Anthony Martial in the 63rd minute – a change which angered parts of the away team.

The 20-year-old will still be in contention in the Champions League against his first professional club, Copenhagen, on Tuesday evening and the Dane has scored three goals in two starts in Europe.

Teg Hag admitted United were still managing Hojlund’s minutes after he joined the club with a broken back. “You see, he often plays complete matches, but behind us you have to manage his minutes.”“There are a lot of games to come.

So it’s October now, but there are so many games left before the end of the season and we need everyone on board, we need all the players sharp and we need to make sure they stay fit.

“When I saw the program for the coming weeks, we have to switch during the matches, between the matches, otherwise we don’t keep the energy, we don’t keep the concentration in the team and we don’t have it so fresh every time.

Game.“We also want to do something with the substitutes to bring new energy to the team and from a tactical point of view we want to do something.”

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