The latest post-match comments on the part of Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag have piqued widespread attentions on Sunday evening.
Ten Hag, of course, guided his side back into action a short time ago.
Amid a fine recent spell of form, the Red Devils welcomed David Moyes’ West Ham to Old Trafford, eventually emerging on the right side of a 1-0 scoreline owing to Marcus Rashford’s first-half header:
On the back of the full-time whistle sounding in Manchester this evening, though, it is not match-winner Rashford who has seen his name take its place centre stage in the post-match chatter.
Instead, owing to a stout showing at the back, it is United’s defensive stars who have been widely lauded.
Amongst such standout performances was Diogo Dalot, who, amid heavy late West Ham pressure, covered for his centre-halves in supreme fashion.
Speaking to the media a short time ago, it therefore came as little surprise when Erik ten Hag was quick to reveal his delight with the ongoing improvement being enjoyed by Dalot this season:
“I’m really happy with the development of Diogo. I think his defensive positions are growing from game-to-game.”
It was the United boss’ ensuing comment, however, which truly turned heads.
In what has since been widely interpreted as a message to the powers that be at Old Trafford to secure further right-back reinforcements come the opening of the January transfer window, Ten Hag suggested that a team with ambitions to return to the very top of the game must have ‘two good full-backs’ on each side.
Notably, such remarks come amid ongoing speculation that the Red Devils are considering a bid for Bayer Leverkusen standout Jeremie Frimpong.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future, on the other hand, looks further from Old Trafford than ever before...