‘It’s a bonus’ – Erik ten Hag hails Alejandro Garnacho and Manchester United players’ tactical plan

United recovered from 1-0 down to score twice in the last 17 minutes to record only their third home derby victory in the Premier League in the last decade.

“How I see they transfer the plan to the game I think was brilliant,” Ten Hag beamed. “To see how they are in possession. We talked about the role of Bruno Fernandes but out of possession – how we defended against the front players of Manchester City – it was really good.

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“Yes, I trust them. They were behind the plan fully, 100 per cent, and controlled the game for long periods in the first half.

“I am convinced of [the belief the team has]. Teams need experience to build that mentality, to build that belief, that a game is only over when the ref whistles for the last time.

“To stay in the game you have to construct that and you need experiences like this to improve even more and push it even more to a higher level of mentality.”

Alejandro Garnacho proved to be a game-changer off the bench once again against City, creating Marcus Rashford&aposs winning goal. The 18-year-old assisted Luke Shaw&aposs strike against Bournemouth and won a penalty in the FA Cup defeat of Everton earlier this month.

Garnacho could be recalled against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night with Anthony Martial a doubt once again after he came off at the interval against City.

“A lot,” Ten Hag replied when asked how much Garnacho had improved. “He has a skill that I dont see many players in the Premier League having – he beats players one-on-one.

“But hes learnt in the last months about how to play in a team, how to live, how to do the right things in the week, how to have the right attitude on the training ground and you see how hes acting as a team player and with his individual skills that can make the difference.

“Also for him, its to keep going in the process. Its not done. There is a lot to come. There is a lot of room for improvement with him but he can help, he can contribute on the highest level already and Im really happy.

“Its a bonus for us as a club that you bring in young players and they can come not only into the squad but the team and I think that is a part of our project that has to contribute to our success.”

Ten Hag first watched United at Selhurst Park in their final game of last season, a day before he was unveiled at an Old Trafford press conference.

United lost at Palace for the first time since 1991 and were due to play at Croydon in September, only the game was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The fixture was hastily rescheduled at 11 days&apos notice after Palace were eliminated from the FA Cup, freeing up a midweek slot.

“We faced them also in Australia,” Ten Hag said of United&aposs friendly victory over Palace in Melbourne in July. “At Selhurst Park with the atmosphere there, its a difficult place to go. You have to be really good, you have to be 100 per cent.