Manchester United clinched a crucial victory against Fulham, and right now, Erik ten Hag must be one of the most relieved individuals in the United Kingdom.
It was United’s captain, Bruno Fernandes, to whom Erik ten Hag owes his gratitude for the three points. In the dying moments at Craven Cottage, the Portuguese midfielder scored the match-winning goal.
This achievement followed recent criticism that cast doubts on Fernandes’ suitability as captain. However, his performance has certainly endeared him to the supporters once more, at least for the time being.
But let’s not overlook the remarkable contributions of two other United stars, Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay, who shone throughout the match.
Danny Murphy on Maguire and McTominay
Discussing the game on the Football Daily podcast, pundit Danny Murphy emphasized the significant roles played by Maguire and McTominay. Murphy began, “I believe the two standout positives are Maguire and McTominay. These are players who give their all for the shirt, demonstrating a remarkable commitment.”
He continued, “Both of these players were actually on the verge of departing the club during the summer, and fans might not have been too disappointed. But they’ve showcased a strong desire to remain at the club and fight for the shirt, which is of utmost importance.”
Naturally, Murphy didn’t forget to credit the goal-scorer either, stating, “Of course, we can’t overlook Bruno, who has faced his fair share of criticism. His moment of quality in the final third, as always, played a crucial role in helping the team secure the victory.”
Maguire and McTominay as Role Models
These two players appeared destined to leave Old Trafford in the summer, but they’ve emerged as some of United’s most outstanding performers.
Their attitude and determination can serve as a valuable lesson for many players. Instead of complaining or sulking, they fought hard to earn their spots back in the team.
Murphy’s assessment is spot-on: they truly played for the badge against Fulham. Let’s hope their commitment continues to shine in the matches ahead.”