Erik ten Hag: MANCHESTER UNITED boss urges club to ‘strike’ in January transfer window if opportunity arises before deadline Date day | football news
Eric ten Tag urges Manchester United to “strike” the remaining days of the January transfer window should an opportunity arise.
The player buying and selling market closes at 11pm on Tuesday night, with United just adding goalkeeper Jack Butland and striker Wott Wieghurst on loan deals until the end of the season.
With just four days left before the window closes, Ten Hag believes the club “have to go for it” if there is any chance of a signing and has identified areas of the team that need strengthening.
“In the coming days, if we get a chance, I’ll choose it but it’s not just up to me. I think that should always be the approach at this club,” he said.
“Every day you have to improve, so if there are opportunities to improve you have to hit, that’s my style. I search, I search, I have an idea and I have features to strengthen the team.”
United are fourth in the Premier League and are now On her way to reaching the Carabao Cup Final With an FA Cup fourth-round match to be played on Saturday at home to Reading, as well as a Europa League play-off against Barcelona next month, amid a busy schedule in which the team will play nine games in the next 30 days.
Asked if he thinks the fact that United are fighting on four fronts shows they are ahead of schedule with the progress they are making this season, Ten Hag said: “That’s good and that’s why we need all the players we have in our squad, to develop.” “For them but especially to get the right results from them. We want to be in the competition for as long as possible. We have to fight for that and I think that’s good for the club’s development.”
“If we’re ahead of the process, I don’t know. Every day we have to do our best, we have to deal with it that good isn’t good enough, we have to do better so we keep going. It never ends, we have to deal with it.” “As such. If you’re ahead or not in the process, it doesn’t matter where you are now. We want to win every game, it doesn’t matter who the opponent is.”
Marcus Rashford has been a symbol of the progress United have made under ten Hag. The England striker rediscovered his form to earn a World Cup call-up before hitting 10 goals in the 10 matches since the restart, but Ten Hag remained humble when asked how he could get the most out of Rashford.
“I’m not Harry Potter!” He said. “It’s confidence, every player has to build their own confidence. He’s fought for it.”
“With my coaching staff, we’ve given structure, especially in the way he plays. We’ve given him some routines of what he needs to get to the right place, but ultimately it’s up to him.
“When a player has confidence, I am convinced of the way we work, the environment and culture are also important, and the player can give his best.
“Marcus is obviously at this moment in really good shape, in really good shape, day to day, training to training, match to match, routines come more.
“The front line also gives me a positive feeling and they get stronger. They can then get more out of each other. In the first season, we had a lot of problems up front. We often had games where we didn’t have players who were 100 percent physically and mentally fit. Now I think it’s much more than that.”
Manchester United match piled up
Saturday 28 January: Man United vs Reading – Fourth round of the FA Cup8 p.m
Wednesday, February 1: Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest – Carabao Cup, second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finalsGo on with your life Sky Sports; 8 p.m
Saturday, February 4: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace3 p.m
Wednesday, February 8: Man United vs Leeds8 p.m
Sunday, February 12: Leeds vs Man UnitedGo on with your life Sky Sports; 2 p.m
Thursday, February 16: Barcelona vs Man United – UEFA Europa League play-off, 5.45 p.m
Sunday 19 February: Manchester United against LeicesterGo on with your life Sky Sports; 2 p.m
Thursday, February 23: Manchester United vs Barcelona – UEFA Europa League play-off8 p.m
Sunday 26 February: Man United vs Brentford1.30 p.m