Erik ten Hag reacts to Pep Guardiola’s claims that Man United is “finally coming back.”
Erik ten Hag responds after Pep Guardiola declaration Manchester United are ‘finally coming back’.
Erik ten Hag has reacted to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s claim that Manchester United are on their way back to challenging for titles.
The Red Devils have mostly impressed under former Ajax manager Ten Hag after a poor start to the season.
Ten Hag arrived at Old Trafford over the summer, becoming United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Guardiola expresses his admiration for Ten Hag’s United.
‘Finally United is coming back – I’ve seen it on Thursday [the 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol], and against Chelsea in the first half [of the 1-1 draw last weekend].
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Speaking after the win, Ten Hag was asked whether he agreed with Guardiola that United are ‘coming back’ and said: ‘I think it’s a bit too quick [to claim Manchester United are ‘coming back].
‘In the second half we have to manage it better. But the spirit we have is fabulous. We have the quality to score goals, but attacking football effectiveness we have to improve that. But we are going in the direction, but being a threat is a long way to go.’
While Ten Hag was keen to play down Guardiola’s praise of Manchester United, he admitted the team were going in the right direction after they climbed to fifth in the Premier League.
The Dutch manager added: ‘At the start, it was difficult but we are coming more and more to that point.
‘We do it together, the spirit in the team is good you can see it in every header, they support each other and cover each other. The fans like it as well and you can see the bond that is coming and developing between the teams and the fans.’