January 14th, while participating in the fan Q&A event on the official website of Manchester United, the Manchester United coach
Ten Hag said that he knows the significance of the derby.
How excited are you for the Manchester Derby, the first home game after taking charge of Manchester United?
Ten Hag: “Any game at Old Trafford is always great, but the Manchester derby will be a very special moment. I know what a derby means, and this game in particular will be very important.
It’s really exciting.”
How important is fan atmosphere?
Ten Hag: “I think the role is really big and important. Ultimately, we need to do this on the pitch, whether it is home or away. It always gives us motivation. Even away, we
There was a lot of support from the fans too. But Old Trafford is special, the environment, the atmosphere, you see the unity of the team and the fans, we are building that, things are really improving and we have to capitalize on that
beat our opponents.”
About team injuries
Ten Hag: “Dalot is unavailable, we have some doubts about Martial, after a few days of individual training, today is his first team training, we are positive about it, but we have to look again
About Van der Beek
Ten Hag: “The bad news is that he will be out for the rest of the season, but the long term is positive, his knee will be fine and at the start of pre-season he will be ready to play at the highest level
The team has loaned Verhorst until the end of the season, what can he bring?
Ten Hag: “He’s a striker and we have an open position there to fill. I think in terms of balancing attacking players, he’s a really good fit. I’m really happy because I don’t think we have a team like that.
The type of striker he is. The most important thing is that he can score goals from anywhere and no matter what league or club he plays in, he always surprises. That’s what I expect from him here,
I’m looking for a player who is a team player, a player who can play together, a player who can do a good job defensively, and we’re really happy to sign him.”
What is the balance of the rotation?
Ten Hag: “Given all these games, it’s never about 11 players, it’s about the team. In periods like these, tempo is very important, so bringing on Kasemi at the end of the game
Ronaldo, Eriksen and Rashford make sense, they haven’t trained for a few days, it’s never a positive thing. We need to find the right balance so the players can keep going and I think they
The level of play is high and they have to keep it up because the team has been playing well.”
still competing in four events
Ten Hag: “We have a whole squad and we look really good in terms of managing the players to keep the balance. In top football you are at the limit and we know that. So we can’t go over those limits because we
You have to keep the players fit and keep the energy up so we can win every game. We want to do that and now there is a game every three days and the players do their job in terms of lifestyle and recovery, from
The diet starts and then they can keep that high until the end of the season.”