On Marcus Rashford:
“He came on, did well – the impact, of course, we want that from the subs. That’s only possible when others have laid the groundwork and what a shift they put in. Because they do make you work Leipzig, the high press, the counter-press, the intensity and we had to really dig deep and work hard for each other.
Spaces open up when you’re winning, of course, and we knew that today was a day that we had to rest a few because this season is relentless, so we could use the squad. This group is coming together, of course, we’ve added a few quality players, and the more quality you have and spirit you have, the better chance you have of a performance.”
“He normally does that with his first shots, he’s so efficient in front of goal – a great finisher and I’m very pleased for him. The timing of his run, a good pass from Paul [Pogba]. I wasn’t sure if he was on or off, it was so tight this call by the referee and we were on the lucky side today.”
On his side’s ruthless finishing:
“Yeah we have to be [ruthless] in games like this. You play against a semi-finalist last season in the Champions League, just a couple of months ago, and you’re not going to get too many chances and if you get one or two, of course they open up and the spaces appear for us and we had done the hard work by then.”
On Van De Beek:
“Donny is a fantastic player and a fantastic boy and you see the work he puts down, both on and off the ball. You see the defensive shape with him, he covers the ground, he’s so clever with his movement.”
On the midfield options at his disposal:
“I think we have an abundance of good midfielders at the club but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but today I think it worked. The work off the ball, it was incredible. Nemanja, Fred, Paul, Donny: all four of them worked their socks off. That’s the basis of the team. If you can work and work and win the ball in good situations you create chances.
I’m sure Fred covered every single blade of grass on that pitch. It’s unbelievable how that boy just recovers for the next one. The squad is good and gives us options – 4-3-3, a diamond, 4-2-1-3 or whatever we want to call it.”
On keeping a clean sheet:
“We defended really well and that’s very important when you win the ball back, but then when you have it they are so quick to counter-press you. They are so energetic. [In the] first half, it was hard to play through the press, but we kept at it.
The boys never didn’t want the ball; they always wanted it in tight situations and that pays dividends in the second half when you play, spaces open up and in the end, you win by a comfortable margin in a very difficult game.”