Manchester United interim manager Michael Carrick was delighted with how his side played against Villarreal on Tuesday.
The Red Devils dug deep to claim a 2-0 victory thanks to late goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
And Carrick said that he was confident United would be able to bounce back after what was a tough week for the club.
He said: “We said we’ve come here to win the game. I believed we would, I believed we were ready for it tonight.
“It wasn’t an easy game, by the way, it was a tough game. They’re a good team, and for those who don’t probably watch them that much, don’t really understand but they’re a good team, they make you work in possession, they’re a good team.
“I thought the boys dug in tonight, at times and showed a little bit of everything, so I was delighted with the way it ended up.
“I don’t think we could have hoped to come out here and play pretty football from the word go, when you’ve suffered results-wise and are not in a great vein of form individually and as a team, it’s not easy to come out and let everything click.
“In some ways, it was the best way to win for me, we had to show some character, we had to dig in, we had to show some fight, it went our way at times, it didn’t on others.
“At times, it was drifting away from us and after half-time, we got back together again and the subs made a massive impact towards the end, that’s all I could hope for, the boys gave everything.”
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