Fabian Schaer put in some performance in yesterday’s 1-0 win. He was again a warrior at the back with crucial clearances in the box. He somehow managed to get a foot in before a surging Marcus Rashford when it looked like he was going to be one on one with Martin Dubravka.
Fabian spoke to nufc.co.uk about the game. He was, of course, thrilled with the win and the reaction after the past couple of weeks:
“Of course Man United have quality and they will have some opportunities, but I think – over the 90 minutes – we had the bigger chances, we defended really good and at the end we scored, and that’s how we have to play.
“It’s the best feeling. To win games at home, especially against a big team, is a brilliant feeling. We wanted to show a reaction after our last game – a poor game – against Leicester, and I think we did it. It was really important to get some points and now we can be happier.
“It’s brilliant for our heads – the feeling (we have) for the international break. We needed this feeling for our confidence, especially at home. It’s much better to have a break now after the win.”
Before the last international break, we saw a disappointing draw at home against last-placed Watford. While that performance wasn’t as bad as the ones against Brighton and at Leicester City, it was an opportunity lost.
This time the players and fans can go into the break with some optimism after a trying start to the season.
Fabian was also asked about Matty Longstaff’s game-winner. He was obviously very happy for the lad. Schar also mentioned that he thought Matty would be up for the challenge:
“I’m really happy for him. The last weeks, he trained very well, so I knew he would do a great job. He deserves to play and to score his first goal against a team like Man United, it is – of course – a perfect day for him.
“I think you can see how big our squad is. We have 25 players and we need everyone. Everyone has to be ready, and I think the players who came in did a fantastic job today – like all of the players.
“It’s always hard when you have a squad and some players are playing and some are not playing at the moment, but that’s football and everybody knows what it’s like. The most important thing is the team and we all played for the team. That’s the only way we can be successful.”
Yesterday was a far cry from the scenes at the King Power Stadium last week. Players had inexcusably dropped their heads after going down a goal and then a man late in the first half. They then threw in the towel in the second half.
The lads put in a redemptive performance yesterday, and it was topped off by a terrific performance from a 19-year-old local lad. It’s just what was needed before the second international break.