‘Everyone knows exactly what to do on the pitch’: Victor Lindelof praises Erik ten Hag for creating a clear system at Man United – insists his team ‘DESERVE’ their place in the Champions League next season season after a 4-1 victory over Chelsea
Victor Lindelof praised Erik ten Hag for implementing a clear system during his first campaign at Manchester United, after his side secured their place in next season’s Champions League on Thursday.
The Red Devils beat Chelsea 4-1 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, moving up to third in the Premier League ahead of their final match of the season against Fulham on Sunday.
The dominant win confirmed United’s place in next term’s Champions League and capped off a positive first season for the Ten Hag.
Lindelof, who has been a regular for United since Lisandro Martinez’s season-ending injury in April, admitted that securing a top-four spot was ‘always the target’ for his side this season, and urged playing with a clear identity is the secret. in achieving the deed.
‘That was always the target for us, so I’m very pleased that we achieved that today,’ Lindelof told MUTV.
Victor Lindelof heaped praise on Erik ten Hag after Manchester United sealed a top four finish
He praised the Dutchman’s clear system and philosophy in his debut season at Old Trafford
‘I mean we knew we were going to secure the spot and we went out there and won the game. I think everyone is very happy.
‘I think the thought and effort that everyone puts in [has been the difference]. Everyone knows exactly what to do on the pitch, we have a system and everyone knows their roles out there, so we’ve played good football this season.
‘We deserve this place in the Champions League. I think I’ve been performing well and when I’m on the pitch, I just want to help my teammates to perform and to win the game. I think I’ve done that, so I’m glad.’
While restoring Manchester United’s status as a Champions League side, Ten Hag also claimed the club’s first major trophy since 2017 in his first season at Old Trafford, winning the Carabao Cup in March.
Casemiro scored the opener as Manchester United cruised to a 4-1 win over Chelsea on Thursday
Set to face Manchester City in the FA Cup final in June, United will be hoping to seal a second Ten Hag trophy at Old Trafford and prevent their local rivals from clinching a historic treble.
City, who lifted the Premier League title at the weekend, face United in the FA Cup’s showpiece a week before facing Inter Milan in the Champions League final.
Asked about United’s crucial clash against City, Lindelof added: ‘We’re only thinking about Chelsea now, but we’ve got another big game on Sunday.
‘We want to perform, keep a good home record and after that, we can focus on what’s next.’