Erik ten Hag sat down with member of supporter teams as we speak for a particular Manchester United Followers’ Press Convention.
As one thing a bit totally different, fairly than the standard gaggle of journalists, the supervisor was quizzed by 13 branches of the Manchester United Supporters Membership.
The occasion gave insights into the build-up to the Carabao Cup sport towards Aston Villa in addition to some extra long-term plans.
Straight off the bat, Ten Hag was requested concerning the Carabao Cup sport and the damage points United are dealing with.
“To begin with, all of the video games has just one purpose – we’ve to win. So we put the most effective gamers we’ve on the pitch, make a correct plan, and get the line-up. We wish to play a powerful crew, win, and go to the following spherical.
“There are some gamers coming again but additionally some query marks. Anthony Martial performed 20 minutes earlier than and he’ll hopefully proceed that. I believe he’s able to taking part in extra minutes.
“Jadon Sancho – we’ve to attend. Antony – we’ve to attend.”
Requested concerning the efficiency in United’s Premier League defeat towards Aston Villa, the Dutchman pointed to health points attributable to the membership’s hectic schedule however nonetheless demanded enchancment.
“We had flurry of video games, and we performed so much. I do know gamers usually are not robots, however we aren’t pleased with our efficiency. We analysed and it was not adequate.
“We would like a response to get again to what we’ve seen in current months with the perspective and tradition.”
“We’ve got to win each sport. We take each sport severely. Additionally this cup. We wish to win this cup.”
On younger gamers, Ten Hag advised that probabilities would at all times be accessible for youthful gamers whatever the competitors.
“I’m open to usher in younger gamers. We introduced in Alejandro Garnacho as a result of he deserved it along with his efficiency on the coaching pitch.
“I’m actually one who will again the method and have communication with the academy and below 21s, in order that we’ve line. However in the long run, gamers must deserve the prospect.”
On his first 5 months on the membership, Ten Hag was optimistic.
“I knew from the beginning it was an thrilling course of but additionally a troublesome course of. We noticed United have been removed from the place we wanted to be. We’ve needed to work actually onerous, and I believe we’re in the suitable route however there has to come back far more.
“It’s a problem and I like challenges. You stroll round Carrington, and also you scent soccer. We wish to get to our objective and that’s on the highest of the world.”
Ten Hag insists he’s decided to deliver again the glory years at Previous Trafford and highlighted the significance of mentality and creativity to the membership’s historic successes.
“United have at all times had a preventing spirit and actually good offensive gamers. It was at all times the tempo and the struggle that was within the tradition of Manchester United and that was what I needed to deliver again to the membership.
“After I noticed the crew on Sunday, that was not Manchester United.”
The supervisor was requested what a profitable season would seem like.
“First, we’ve to win all of the video games! For no, it’s to get right into a place the place we will win trophies. After we get to April, we’d like to have the ability to win trophies. For now it’s about successful video games and creating the crew.”
Ten Hag was additionally requested about the place he needed his crew to be in two years’ time and gave an perception into his total plan for the membership.
“We’ve got to do nicely within the switch market and have youth philosophy. Two years down the road I need a good fashion of play. After we get that fashion all through the squad you will note the development which we get from administration, coaching, and training.”
On United’s away following, Ten Hag was effusive in his reward.
“We’ve got to construct that togetherness between gamers and followers as a result of I believe it’s a weapon. It actually helps us. I believe the most effective instance was towards Chelsea after we equalised and the gamers and followers have been celebrating collectively.”