Erik ten Hag lectured Man Utd defender Diogo Dalot instead of celebrating the opener against Leicester

Manchester United fans are loving Erik ten Hag’s reaction to the opening goal against Leicester.

After a nervous start to Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash, where David de Gea made two superb saves to deny Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho, fit striker Marcus Rashford gave United the lead with a neat finish.

Moments later, the England international closed his eyes and pointed towards his temple – a celebration that has become all too familiar in recent months.

But while that was going on, United boss Ten Hag decided against celebrating the goal. Instead, he called Diogo Dalot to the Old Trafford touchline for a 30-second chat about what looked to be the game’s positioning and tactics.

Image credit: Twitter/@planetfaz
Image credit: Twitter/@planetfaz

As you can see in the footage below, Ten Hag hands instructions to Dalot shortly after the Rashford opener, and fans praised the United manager for his desire to improve no matter what.

One commented on the clip, saying: “Ole would be watching a 14-inch tablet”, while another said: “That’s a manager who is focused. He wasn’t even celebrating the goal. Ten Hag is good.”

A third wrote: “He is never satisfied.”

A fourth added: “He never gets carried away. He’s always improving systems, wanting his players to improve. A proper manager.”

United would go on to secure all three points against Brendan Rodgers’ side, with Rashford scoring two before a rejuvenated Jadon Sancho completed the scoring on the hour mark.

Dalot, meanwhile, has been excellent since Ten Hag’s arrival in the summer. In November, the Portuguese defender opened up about the Dutchman’s influence on his own game this season.

“The confidence he gave me shows the work I’ve been doing too,” Dalot told United’s official website. “I’ve been trying to repay him the trust he’s given me since the start of the season.

“With him, we have a lot of room to improve and he is a coach who demands a lot from the players.

“That’s how I like to work, so I think it’s a good match and it brings me more responsibility to keep improving and be a better player. I just tried to be in shape (playing every game), doing what I can to recover well between games.

“I know this is a big, big season and a long season, with the schedule there are a lot of games to cover and I just try to be at the best level of fitness to help the team.”

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