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Erik ten Hag Sets Ambitious Goals for Manchester United in Second Season

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Erik ten Hag Calls for Consistency and Progress in Manchester United’s Second Season

Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, is challenging his team to elevate their performance and achieve consistency as they enter their second season under his guidance. Reflecting on his debut campaign in English football, ten Hag acknowledged the progress made at Old Trafford, ending their six-year trophy drought and securing a Champions League spot with a commendable third-place finish.

Despite notable achievements, there were setbacks, including a 4-0 defeat at Brentford, a record 7-0 loss to Liverpool, a 3-0 setback against Sevilla, and a defeat in the FA Cup final against Manchester City. Ten Hag believes that the next step for the team is to find consistency and rise to new levels, facing the challenges that come their way.

Strengthening the Squad

Manchester United has been active in the summer transfer window, adding key players to reinforce the squad. Midfielder Mason Mount and goalkeeper Andre Onana have joined the Red Devils, bolstering the team’s core. Additionally, the imminent arrival of Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund will further bolster their attacking options.

With these signings, Manchester United’s summer spending has surpassed £166 million, a clear indication of the club’s determination to strengthen their roster and compete at the highest level.

The Glazer Family and Future Ownership

As negotiations around the sale of the club continue, the Glazer family remains in charge as the new season approaches. Ten Hag maintains his focus on his managerial responsibilities and acknowledges that direct communication with the Glazers occasionally occurs. However, he emphasizes that his primary concern is improving the team and working on their playing style.

Setting Ambitious Targets

The Dutch manager sets high ambitions for Manchester United, aiming to build a team that can defeat any opponent without fear. The breakthroughs last season showcased the team’s potential, but consistent performances remain the ultimate goal. Ten Hag emphasizes that the team must continue raising the bar and strive for excellence on the pitch.

Handling Player Speculations

Ten Hag remains composed when faced with questions about individual players, such as Harry Maguire losing the captaincy or Cristiano Ronaldo’s future in the previous season. The manager emphasizes that Manchester United’s focus is on the team as a whole and the collective effort required to succeed.

Looking Ahead to the New Season

As the Manchester United squad prepares for their upcoming US tour game against Borussia Dortmund, ten Hag stresses the importance of team-building and creating partnerships. He views the tour as an opportunity for new players to integrate into the team, grasp the club’s values and standards, and develop crucial social connections.

The anticipation grows for the Matildas’ fans as the team evaluates Sam Kerr’s fitness for the critical Women’s World Cup clash against Canada. Coach Tony Gustavsson and the medical team are closely assessing the risk and reward of fielding the star striker. The Matildas’ hopes for progression from the group stage hinge on securing a victory against the Olympics champions.

With the manager’s ambition, strengthening the squad, and a collective focus on the team’s progress, Manchester United fans eagerly await an exciting and competitive season ahead.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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