Man Utd will have to invest to handle the 7-team title race

Manchester United coach Eric ten Hag said his team was heading in the right direction to compete at the top of the table, but warned that the club must continue to invest if it wants to keep up with its rivals.

United head to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday seeking to reduce the eight-point gap between the two teams. Ten Hag had the chance to make that six-point lead on Wednesday but fell to a late equalizer in their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

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Ten Hag was impressed by Arsenal and said there were signs of their ambition and strategy in their last meeting, a match United won 3-1 at Old Trafford in September.

Ten Hag wasn’t surprised by Arsenal’s form under Mikel Arteta, but said the Premier League is so competitive that any of the seven teams could win the competition, and that’s the level of investment in the Premier League.

“The Premier League is at the moment developing into six or seven teams who can all finally win the league because there is a lot of investment,” Ten Hag said. “When you have the right philosophy and strategy, many clubs can compete for the top spots in the league.

“That’s a big challenge, and if you want to be there, you have to be really good. You need that consistency; you need that good strategy — and consistency in strategy — and you need to work hard to compete. And if you want to win prizes, everything has to go.” On the right track.”

United still participated in all four competitions this season – they’ve reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, the fourth round of the FA Cup and the Europa League qualifiers. With the January transfer window in full swing, they’ve already added the Netherlands striker Wout Westhorst to the team on a six-month loan and Ten Hag said on Friday the club would strengthen the squad if the right player became available.

Although Ten Hag feels the club are definitely heading in the right direction for a sustained league title contender – having won the Premier League a decade ago – he issued a note of caution saying there was no room for complacency or complacency. field in danger of falling behind their competitors.

“I am completely convinced of this process [at Manchester United]Ten Hag added, “I think we are [heading] In the right direction, but it also means that we have to improve a lot if we want to compete in the future for the top positions because the competition will be really tough.”

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United sweat on fitness Diogo Dalot Before their trip to Arsenal, while Anthony Marcial He also doubted. If Dalot fails to recover from a hamstring injury, then Aaron Wan-Bissaka He is designated to continue at the right wing-back position.

The 25-year-old seemed to have frozen over at Old Trafford after struggling with form, illness and injuries. He only played four minutes in the Premier League until the World Cup, but since the mid-season break his form has blossomed and has impressed Ten Hag.

“He’s taking over the coaching, and he’s making good progress from the start of the season until now,” Ten Hag said of Wan-Bissaka. “He was in a bad shape because he wasn’t fit – he had a lot of injuries, a couple of illnesses in the first half through November.

“Things changed after the break, or during the break. He worked really well in pre-season before the second half [of the season]He did well in training camp and put in some good performances in matches and made good progress. He was one of our best players against Crystal Palace.”

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