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Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United: What Ten Hag said

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been talking to Sky Sports after the win: "It is a massive win for us. We've got closer and that was the aim for today. That was absolutely our target and we've done it. The way we did it, I liked it.

"I especially liked the first 20 minutes when we controlled the game. At 1-1, we had to fight back and we are really happy for today. At 1-1, you always have to see how the game progresses. I think it was really high intensity and you could see how many players were fatigued by the end.

"It was so open and it could go two ways, but we found the mentality and character to win the game. The substitutes also had an impact.

"Scott [McTominay] is great. He can score many goals. He's always coming into positions to score goals. We had problems, it was too much like a tennis match, we had problems in the counter-attack. We knew Scott would get into the box and he can score goals.

"The players were going for goals because they are offensive, but it was better in certain situations to keep the ball, drag players out, and that was the idea to bring an extra midfielder into there.

"I never think about negative situations. I'm thinking positively. We have to catch up but we are not there yet. We are in a good mood and we have to keep this process going, but there is so much space for improvement. There are many games left to play and we will see what happens."

On Luke Shaw, who was taken off at half-time: "[It was a] precaution. He had some complaints and we can't take any risks with him because he's had many injuries in the past.

"We will have to see how it goes in the next few days. It's not an advantage to lose him, everyone knows my philosophy to have left-footers at left centre-back and left-back. We have to make compromises and it is not to our advantage."