Erik ten Hag says Manchester United’s players have earned his confidence after their fast-paced form reached nine consecutive wins.
Ten Hag’s side extended their impressive run by coming from a goal down to beat arch-rivals Manchester City 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United will go looking for 10 straight wins in all competitions when they travel to Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
With United just one point behind second-placed City, a win at Selhurst Park would make Sunday’s clash with leaders Arsenal all the more meaningful.
United’s impressive revival under Ten Hag comes after they suffered back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Brentford at the start of the season.
The former Ajax coach has been delighted with the way his players have adapted to his demands as the season has progressed.
“The way they transferred the plan (against City) into the game, I think it was brilliant,” Ten Hag said.
“You see how they are in possession but also out of possession: the pressing, how we defended the three forwards for Manchester City, I think it was really good.”
“I trust them. They were behind the plan 100 percent and controlled large stretches of the game in the first half.”
United have not needed to come back, as they have done against City very often lately.
They have conceded just three goals in their last seven games and the Manchester derby was the only time in that period that they have trailed.
But they erased a deficit to beat Aston Villa in the League Cup in November and netted an injury-time winner at Fulham three days later.
Ten Hag believes that his players now have the belief to keep playing until the end regardless of the outcome.
“Teams need experience to build that mentality, that belief that the game is only over when the referee whistles for the last time,” he said.
“To stay in the game you have to build that and you need experiences like (the derby) to further improve and take it even further to a higher level.”