Under-pressure Harry Maguire and Andre Onana came to Manchester United's rescue as Erik ten Hag's team fought for a 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.
Maguire, who has been facing severe criticism for a long time, headed home in the 72nd minute at Old Trafford to redeem himself. Onana then saved a penalty in the final seconds of the match for United's first Champions League win of the season.
Their efforts earned much-deserved praise from the manager.
Ten Hag said defender Maguire, who was also excellent in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Sheffield United, is playing much more proactively in possession.
"Stepping in passing vertical, defending also on the front foot, stepping in defending forward, very confident in the duels, he is dominating, dominating his opponents," Ten Hag said.
"And then you see also a very good skill from him with his heading, great pass from Christian (Eriksen) as well but very good finish."
Victory looked in doubt when Copenhagen's Jordan Larsson stepped up to the spot after Scott McTominay attempted a clearance and caught Elias Achouri in the head with a high boot in the 94th minute. But Onana dived to his left to push the shot away before being mobbed by teammates at the final whistle.
"I'm just doing my job, the most important thing is to win against a tough team," Onana told TNT Sports. "I am happy for the victory, we did a good game and a big goal from Harry.
"We are Manchester United. We are a big club, big players. It's just a matter of time, now we have to continue like this. I have no doubt we will make it."
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