Kante on a fair result, moving midfields and decisive Mendy

The Frenchman was typically industrious in the middle of the park, battling hard to try and gain us a foothold in that very congested area. When the ball was moved forward into more advanced areas, the attacking players on show struggled to break down a pair of solid defensive outfits, which explains why Kante felt the outcome the right one.

‘It was a difficult game for both teams,’ he said.

‘It was tight in the midfield, it was difficult to get chances, so I think a draw is a fair result. It’s a good thing we got a clean sheet away from home, but we wanted to win this game. It was possible.

‘We managed to move very well the midfield of Manchester United, but it was more difficult to create chances. We take a point.

‘To not concede a goal is the first step, and now we need to score more and do the right things to win the game in the future.’