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Ten Hag not ready for Man Utd title talk, targeting ´right position in April´

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 17 Feb 2023


Erik ten Hag says Manchester United must put themselves in a strong position in April before considering whether a Premier League title challenge is possible this season.

United approach Sunday’s meeting with Leicester City five points adrift of both Manchester City and Arsenal, although the Gunners have a game in hand on both of their rivals.

The Red Devils have beaten both City and Arsenal at Old Trafford this season, albeit while losing both away fixtures.

After losing the first two matches of the league season, United have since earned more points than any other team, prompting discussion of an unlikely title tilt in Ten Hag’s first season.

But the manager is not yet ready to look so far ahead, saying ahead of the Leicester game: “We don’t think about it so far.

“What we have to do is to put ourselves in the right position in April.

“Our thinking can only be on the next game. We always have to be better than the previous game and think about it game after game, to put that energy and focus in.

“It does mean that we have to win on Sunday and that we have to collect the three points against Leicester. And that demands a lot of energy and demands high standards.”

United produced another positive display on Thursday as they earned a 2-2 draw at Barcelona in the Europa League.

Success in that competition represents another potential route to Champions League qualification for a United side seven points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League, and Ten Hag recognises his team are in a good position to rejoin Europe’s elite.

“We are in the right direction, but we have to fight for it,” Ten Hag said. “There are two ways. One is the Europa League and the other way is the Premier League.

“So, we know what to do, and we will see it from game to game and fight to get back in the Champions League.”

With United still involved in four competitions, they could play as many as nine matches before the next international break in late March, but Ten Hag believes his players are relishing the challenge.

“The players in our squad like it. They like to play big games, and they also know as a team and as individuals, you grow from such games,” the Dutchman said.

“[Against Barcelona] we played better players and a better team, so that will help us in our process. We are in the right direction, so we have to keep this process going.

“We will analyse again, we will criticise what went well and what went wrong, and we move on to Sunday. Next game, next big game.”


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