Man United: Erik ten Hag vows no complacency after beating Man City ahead of trip to Crystal Palace

‘We had to celebrate but after 24 hours calm down and move on’: Erik ten Hag vows there will be no complacency among Man United stars after beating Man City – as he weighs up the loan of Wout Weghorst from beginning to make his debut at the Crystal Palace

  • Manchester United fly after winning nine straight games in all competitions
  • The Red Devils beat Manchester City 2-1 on Saturday to move up one point
  • United travel to Selhurst Park on Wednesday night to take on Crystal Palace
  • Wout Weghorst could be in doubt about making his United debut with Anthony Martial

Erik ten Hag has warned Manchester United’s Derby Day party is over as his side look to achieve a perfect 10 at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

United made a dramatic comeback on Saturday to beat Manchester City at the raucous Old Trafford and come within a point of champion Pep Guardiola.

United will move up ahead of City and Newcastle to second behind leaders Arsenal when they record a 10th straight win in all competitions for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson won in 2009.

Ten Hag insists his players had every right to beat City but now they must focus on a difficult journey to Selhurst Park.

“I think you have to celebrate every win. If you can’t celebrate, you kill the energy,” said the United manager.

“You work so hard for such momentum and every win is so great in top-flight football. So we had to celebrate, but then after 24 hours we had to calm down and move on to the next game.

“You have to get into the right rhythm every third day and we have to deliver. The players have to get into the right rhythm both physically and mentally – be ready for the next game.”

Ten Hag must decide whether to make a debut for Wout Weghorst after the Dutch striker made the move to Old Trafford until the end of the season after ending his loan from Burnley at Besiktas.

It could depend on Anthony Martial’s fitness after the Frenchman was only able to play the first half of the derby before being substituted off.

“I’ll have to think about that,” Ten Hag added. “I wanted to avoid hurting him but he complained. That’s why he didn’t train during the week and was a question mark (for the derby).

“We decided – and he decided too – to start. He asked to begin. I knew starting the game was going to be so important and he’s really good at pressing. He’s a really big element in our pressing.

“But I had to reevaluate at half-time. As you saw, he wasn’t able to walk 100 percent and that’s what you need. Also to avoid injuries we took him out, but that had a negative impact on our game after half-time.

“Of course I know a lot about Palace. We also met them in pre-season (in Melbourne) and we know what their team is like. From there we can create the plan and properly prepare the team.’

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