The brand new Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag has signalled his intent to play an aggressive urgent recreation subsequent season.
In his first pre-season recreation this week, a 4-0 win over Liverpool, the depth with which his gamers pressed was notable, and he has confirmed it will proceed.
“We need to press, we need to press all day and play proactive soccer,” the Dutchman stated in a press convention in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday.
“Typically we are able to do that top but when not attainable, we have now to learn it as a workforce and drop decrease. However we need to press and that needs to be the intention all day.”
Ten Hag’s predecessor, United’s interim supervisor Ralf Rangnick additionally arrived on the membership with a powerful status for making his groups press, however after doing it in his first recreation in opposition to Crystal Palace, determined his gamers weren’t capable of do it and stopped.
Nonetheless, Ten Hag loved success at Ajax with a high-pressing recreation that demanded loads from his gamers and he has confirmed he needs to move this to Outdated Trafford.
“From each space of the workforce, I would like productiveness. That is an important factor, that gamers take the initiative on and off the ball, in offense and defence.”
Ten Hag was talking forward of United’s second pre-season recreation in opposition to Melbourne Victory on the Melbourne Cricket Floor on Friday.
“It is pre-season however in soccer you play to win,” he stated. “So ultimately it is at all times vital, profitable. However after all on this pre-season we additionally need to develop our workforce in order that can also be a really massive goal for the sport. Our squad is at full capability. We now have a powerful squad so the followers can be glad.”
“We’re pleased with this recreation as a result of it’s completely different opposition. It’s at all times good to play in opposition to a workforce with a unique tradition. From Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, we all know what we are able to anticipate. From Melbourne Victory, it will likely be completely different. I feel they play in a very good stage and they’re second within the league final yr so they are going to have a powerful squad. It’ll be a very good check.”
A number of United gamers carried out nicely of their opening pre-season recreation who Ten Hag was eager to reward, together with Jadon Sancho and Eric Bailly.
“I used to be actually glad to see [Sancho play well on the right]. I feel we have now a very good left aspect however I feel you see in opposition to Liverpool that we even have assaults on the proper aspect and it was good to see it since you need to have steadiness. In case you are solely on one aspect it’s fairly predictable so we wish that to develop over two sides but in addition within the center and from all over the place.”
When requested about Bailly’s spectacular show, Ten Hag replied, “I’m glad. We want a full squad for the approaching season with plenty of video games. Within the center there is a World Cup so we’d like a very full squad with plenty of competitors between the gamers so we push one another to the next stage.”
Ten Hag has been reunited with Donny van de Beek at Manchester United who he labored with at Ajax, and confirmed he sees him as an attacking participant.
“He can do each. I do know that from the previous. However his finest place, his finest functionality is within the field of the opponent. Taking part in quick behind the striker, he has a very good odor of being in the proper place.”