Manchester United won 1-0 against Fulham on Saturday afternoon following tons of pressure being on the squad and manager Erik ten Hag.
Alejandro Garnacho was key for United in the game. He was unfortunate to have an assist ruled out by VAR in the first half and then continued to help apply pressure until the deadlock was broken in the last minutes.
Many have been calling for the teenager to start ahead of the out-of-form Englishman, however, and he did enough on the weekend to be considered in the starting lineup again on Wednesday against Copenhagen.
With the external pressure on the team and manager high, even after the victory against Fulham, Garnacho urged United fans to keep their excellent support ongoing.
He posted on social media, with the caption simply reading: “Play like you mean it! Keep believing in us.”
United fans were seen in the away end at Craven Cottage with a banner which read ‘play like you mean it’ and several players have reacted to it since the game.
Rasmus Hojlund was one player who struggled to make an impact against Fulham, with no lack of trying. But he was often isolated and lacked any service into the box.
There were no chances created for the United forward and that makes it 160 minutes in the league since he was last set up for a shot.
Rio Ferdinand believes that United do not have the wide players suited to supplying crosses into the box for the Dane to attack but has offered advice to the 20-year-old striker.
Ferdinand has suggested that former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy would not hold anything back if he was not getting sufficient service in the penalty box and that Hojlund should be looking to bring that confidence in as he matures.
“He isn’t old enough yet or experienced enough to grab a few people and say ‘Listen, you get the ball into me otherwise I’ll come in at half-time and you’ll feel the wrath’, he’s not got that yet, we don’t expect that yet,” said Ferdinand.
“Ruud van Nistelrooy, you didn’t cross the ball to him… I’ve seen players resort to tears because of the way he demands of them, I hope Hojlund gets to the point of demanding like that.”
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