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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag - "A lot of work to do."

Manchester United orchestrated a much-needed triumph over Luton, alleviating the mounting pressure on manager Erik ten Hag, who said after the game 'we needed the win' and there's 'a lot of work to do.' The star of the evening was Sweden's Victor Lindelof, who netted a rare goal – his first since December 2020 – sealing victory and showcasing United's dominance.

Despite the win, United's front line saw missed opportunities, with Rasmus Hojlund, Marcus Rashford, and Alejandro Garnacho all guilty of squandering excellent chances. The frustration was palpable, accentuated by Hojlund's untimely departure due to injury just 11 minutes from full time.

Nevertheless, the defensive resilience shone through, as United secured a second consecutive clean sheet, a notable improvement in their season's defensive record. The victory marked the fourth in five Premier League games, offering a positive note for Ten Hag amid inconsistent cup performances on both domestic and international fronts.

As United heads into an upcoming international break, there's a sense of optimism and anticipation. The break could potentially herald significant news with the awaited confirmation of Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe joining the club's ownership ranks. This prospect adds an intriguing layer to the positive momentum, hinting at a potential shift in the club's trajectory during this pivotal juncture.

"It is a good day. We needed the win and we got it but we could make life more easy by scoring early on and getting a second," Ten Hag told BBC Match of the Day. "We created the chances but we didn't score apart from one. I am happy with that and I am happy with the clean sheet. We had many chances before half time and you should net one of them. After half time, get the second and then the game is gone.

"Now you keep them alive and they can get an equaliser from balls dropping in the wrong place. Rasmus Hojlund has scored five times in the Champions League. He has the confidence and the goals will come.

"It would be better for composure, for the calmness, for the manager, the coaches and the team if we score early on, but if you don't you have to keep going. I have to compliment the team that they kept going, kept organised and didn't give anything away.

"We have three away games - all big games - and we have to get ready for that. Hopefully the players stay fit in their international duties. We get ready for that. A lot of work to do."

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