Ten Hag coy on Man Utd's links with Neymar
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has opened up after his side’s thumping 4-1 win over Chelsea on Thursday night. Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford were all on target for the home team. And while Joao Felix scored a stunner for the Blues, it wasn’t enough for Frank Lampard’s side to earn anything from the contest at Old Trafford.
Manchester United went ahead against Chelsea in the sixth minute, with Casemiro rising to head home a pinpoint delivery from Christian Eriksen.
Martial then doubled his side’s advantage just before half time, with the 27-year-old scoring after a devastating injury to Antony.
And late goals from Fernandes and Rashford added gloss to the Red Devils’ display, with Felix scoring a fine consolation for the Blues.
It was a good night for United, who have now qualified for next season’s Champions League.
However, injuries to Antony and Luke Shaw cast a cloud over proceedings – with the pair both doubts for next month’s FA Cup final showdown with Manchester City.
And Ten Hag, when quizzed on the duo by Sky Sports, kept it vague by saying: “It is difficult to say. Let’s wait for 24 hours and then we will know more.”
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On his side getting the win, he said: “It’s important, this club belongs in the Champions League. It’s a massive performance when you get this done.
“First goal was a set play, then we were dangerous on counters.
“Second goal could have been earlier. It was late in the first half.”
United are next in action against Fulham on Sunday as they look to finish their season on a high.
But Ten Hag is adamant his side will be taking the match seriously, despite having Champions League football all wrapped up.
“Sunday is important, we still can be third in the league and we can keep our rhythm,” he said.
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