Erik ten Hag says he is delighted with the performances of Manchester United in their stalemate with Southampton in the Premier League.
The Red Devils were held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford following Casemiro’s red card earlier in the game with the home team fighting to secure a point from the game.
The Brazilian was shown his marching off orders following a reckless tackle on Southampton’s Carlos Alcaraz in the 34th minute of the clash.
Despite playing a man down for the majority of the game, Ten Hag’s side secured a point and a clean sheet as they fell short once again in the title race.
However, the Dutch manager was full of praise for his men at the end of the game while also highlighting the importance of the referee in the fixture.
“Big compliments to the team. They showed big character to play so long with 10. They were physically and mentally strong to get a point,” he said.
“I think the referee had a big influence on two big issues. One was the red card, the other was the penalty. I didn’t speak with him [Casemiro]. He is disappointed and upset.”
The red card is the second straight red Casemiro has picked up in a Manchester United shirt since arriving at the club last summer.
The defensive midfielder will now miss United next four games in all competitions including the FA Cup quarterfinal game against Fulham at Old Trafford.