Erik ten Hag asked Manchester United to do two things against Man City

United sent a real statement of intent with their impressive comeback win, as goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford cancelled out Jack Grealish&aposs headed opener.

Ten Hag asked his side to play to their strengths on the counter-attack in the match, a plan that worked to perfection as United twice caught City out on the break to find the back of the net.

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It was a game plan that worked to perfection, as City struggled to break down a resilient defensive block and were punished emphatically when United exposed their own vulnerabilities at the other end of the pitch.

United&aposs performance was the polar opposite of their humiliating 6-3 loss to their local rivals earlier in the season, and Varane believes Ten Hag deserves all the credit for masterminding the win.

“It was a good game. We prepared so well tactically for this game with the manager. We spoke a lot with him,” Varane said after the win. “We knew exactly what we wanted to do. In this game we played better in the first half but we didnt score. In the second part we played a little poor. It was difficult, City played well. Then we became efficient. It was a special game, a comeback and in our own home.

“Were now much better than the last game (against City). We know better now what the manager wants and how he wants to do it. Weve seen the evolution in this team. It was a complete game at a high level. Were very happy.