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Mads relishing Manchester United clash

Roerslev speaks to media after Watford win

12 December 2021

Brentford wing back Mads Roerslev is relishing the chance to pit his wits against some of the best players in the world when Manchester United come to town on Tuesday. Mads spoke to the written media after The Bees came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 on Friday. And both that victory and the upcoming game against Manchester United were on the agenda.

“They are one of the biggest clubs, but we will go into the game like we do any other – to try to get all three points and we're not going to be starstruck,” said the 22-year-old Dane. “Of course it's incredible to play against big players and big clubs, but we will attack the game too.”

Mads, who has now racked up seven Premier League appearances for the Bees, believes the squad and fans should be pleased with how the club’s debut Premier League season has gone so far.

He said: “If we could look into the future at the start of the season and see the results we’ve got, you can't be anything else but satisfied. Of course we want even more but I think we're in a very good place.

“There are a lot of games coming up and we’ve got to stay on it because things can change so quickly, both positively and negatively. But I think if we stick to the way we play and keep our eyes on the target, we will do well.”

Mads believes the mood in the camp buoyed by the late winner against Watford will stand them in good stead for the challenge of United.

“As time went by against Watford you get to rush a bit more and more, but then when we got the equaliser and there was just a rush going through everyone's body and you could see in all the guys’ eyes that we weren’t going to just leave it on one point,” he said. “We wanted all three and I think it was that determination that got us where we wanted to be.”

He said the win against The Hornets was “massive” but insisted there were lessons that needed to be learned: “We played well as a as a team and we always develop, but there were a lot of things we could have done better, especially in the first half. Even though we were not on top of our game, we still stopped them from creating any chances.”

The Danish Under-21 international said Pontus Jansson’s equaliser earned him some friendly stick after the game: “Because he's been so close so many times, we were always picking on him about it so we were all really happy and were slapping him a bit in the dressing room.

“It’s great to play in a team with a player like him, but it's always nice to play because it's something you dream of from when you start playing football. Now I've got a few starts and a few subs appearances as well and I'm just so happy to be able to help the team.”

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