ERIK TEN HAG hailed the comeback spirit of his Manchester United stars â and defended his decision to axe Cristiano Ronaldo.
Man of the match Casemiro grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser to stun Chelsea.
And United boss Ten Hag declared: âI have to make a big compliment to my team. To fight back with a fourth game in ten days, you see the spirit and how they deal with setbacks.
âOf course it was a big moment, to get a deserved point.â
But Ten Hag insisted the equaliser was irrelevant to justifying Ronaldoâs exile.
The Portugal star was dumped from the squad after his Old Trafford strop on Wednesday.
Dutchman Ten Hag said: âOf course itâs a big moment â but it doesnât have anything to do with that case.
âItâs more important to have the right culture, to have the right standards and values.
âFor the long term itâs always more important, in the end it will bring you to the right position.â
Casemiro was in the right place at the right time to head home Luke Shawâs cross â after Jorginho put Chelsea ahead with a late penalty.
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The goal capped a superb display by the Â£60m summer signing from Real Madrid.
Ten Hag said: âWe thought he was capable of doing that. Itâs clear that the Premier League is different, especially in intensity. He needed a short period to adapt to that.
âNow from game to game you see him growing â and how important he is for us.
âHe brings the composure, he brings the organisation â and when he also even scores a goal, he brings a lot to the team.
âWe showed resilience, thatâs a really big thing for big teams.â
But United face disciplinary action from the FA after their fans disgraced themselves with homophobic chanting.
Ten Hag also condemned the abuse that Chelsea supporters hurled at Raphael Varane â as the France defender left the pitch in tears with an injury that could wreck his World Cup dreams.
In a week when all Premier League fixtures will celebrate the Rainbow Laces campaign, some United supporters indulged in sickening âChelsea rent boyâ chants.
Blues boss Graham Potter said: âI think weâve still quite a bit of work to do, eh?â
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