Erik ten Hag lauded Harry Maguire’s performance against Fulham after Manchester United’s dramatic 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.
United kept a clean sheet and stole victory courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’ added-time winner.
Maguire’s resurgence in form has seen him start in United’s last four league games at centre-back.
And Ten Hag said: “He was playing a massive game and so it was a very good performance.
“He showed leadership and in and out of possession he was very good so we are very pleased with Harry’s performance.”
Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund, who United signed for a reported £64million in the summer, and Antony failed to get off the mark for the league season after a lethargic attacking performance at Craven Cottage.
And Ten Hag admitted he expects his forward players to do better on a day where they were fortunate to take three points.
He added: “Yes, it is clear, we expect it from them (to do better) because we think they are capable and we are confident that they will do it.
“If they keep working, stay composed and keep the confidence then it will come.”
The Dutch manager praised captain Fernandes’ performance.
“You can see with the way that he (Fernandes) is pressing, with the way that he is counter-pressing in games and the way he recovers,” he said.
“So he is absolutely the example and he’s taking the responsibility all the time on and off the field and he’s taken the responsibility by scoring important goals.”
Fulham came close in the second half through Harry Wilson and Joao Palhinha but United keeper Andre Onana made two good saves to deny the hosts.
Marco Silva felt his side were the better team in the second half and believes Fulham should have found the back of the net.
Silva said: “It is clear we were the better team on the pitch in the second half.
“We created more chances, we arrived in dangerous areas so many times. I think the chances we did create are chances that was enough to probably score.
“Onana made some good saves but against United to create what we did, we should have scored. It’s a tough one to take.”