A strike from Antony and a late brace from Marcus Rashford made for a comfortable scoreline, even if the match wasnt as cruising as it suggested. After Antonys 21st-minute effort, Charlton put in a spirited effort to frustrate the Reds before Rashford took advantage of tired legs in the 90th and 94th-minute.
Holden, who was only appointed Addicks boss last month, is a lifelong United supporter and described being in the dugout at Old Trafford in his fifth game as manager of the League One outfit as a special experience.
It was pretty magical, I am not going to say anything else, he said. It was a special experience. I have stood and sat in every corner of this stadium over the years but never once did I think I would stand in the technical area.
My dad is next door, 70 years old, been coming here for 60-odd years wow. For him to see his son coming out is a pretty special moment. Holden suggested that the scoreline didnt match the efforts of his players on the pitch but stated he still felt proud of his side, especially after what Ten Hag said after full-time.
I have pride in the performance and the way we have shown ourselves as a football club on and off the pitch, he added. We rode our luck in the first 20 minutes, but which team doesnt have to do that in the Premier League? We grew into the game.
We had a big chance early in the second half and I thought we had a grip of the game, I turned to my left and Erik was bringing them three on, Rashford, Casemiro and [Christian] Eriksen.
I thought it was a harsh scoreline to be honest, but I am proud of the performance.”
Holden revealed the “10 or 15 minutes” he spent with Ten Hag after the game. “He invited me into his office after the game and he told me about the quality of our youngsters, which gives me great pride. My respect for him is even higher.
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