Erik ten Hag has stated once again that he would like to collaborate with Cristiano Ronaldo in order to get Manchester United back to the top of the league.
After Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager of Manchester United, the 52-year-old candidate was chosen to succeed him at Old Trafford.
Since then, United have not made a prolonged campaign for the Premier League crown, and the new United manager, Ten Hag, a former coach at Ajax, is looking forward to the challenge of getting the 20-time winners competing for big honours once again.
The Dutchman was quoted as saying to the PA news agency, “Manchester United is a famous name.”
“It is going to be a very difficult task to get them back to the place where they belong. I have a lot of drive to finish what I’ve started.
It does not make a difference to us whether team we play, as our goal is to win every game.
“I believe that is something that should be associated with Manchester United, and therefore that is what we will do moving forward. That will be the expectation placed on the team as a whole, and on each individual player.
United have not won a trophy since 2017, and Ten Hag takes over at a time when there is tangible fan resentment against the owners. United have not won any silverware since 2017.
During the final home matches of the previous season, thousands of fans staged demonstrations against the Glazer family in response to the team’s debt, dividends, and what they regarded to be poor management.
When the United head Ten Hag was asked if he had sought any assurance from the owners and spoken to the Glazer family, he responded with “Yes, I have spoken with them.”
“They told me that the only thing they want in life is to be successful, and that achieving that goal is their number one priority. They count on me to deliver the success, and that is what they anticipate from me.
Ten Hag considers the disgruntled star Ronaldo to be an essential component of their effort to achieve greatness.
The 37-year-old player made a surprise comeback to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017, but despite having an outstanding season on an individual level, it was not enough to prevent the Red Devils from finishing the season in sixth place.
Ronaldo has expressed his dissatisfaction with not playing in the Champions League this season, and it has just come to light that he has requested to be allowed to leave the club if an acceptable offer is made.
As a result of a family emergency, Ronaldo was unable to join Manchester United on their preseason tour of Thailand and Australia; however, Ten Hag has reiterated that Ronaldo is in his plans for the upcoming season.
After finishing his workout in Melbourne, he commented, “It is crystal evident – he is not for sale.” I planned with him in mind, and I am excited to collaborate with him.
“However, for the rest of it, I am at a loss for words because the circumstance is still the same as it was a week ago.”
It will be intriguing to watch how Ronaldo fits into the pressing style that will be used by Ten Hag, as well as the capacity of the squad to adapt to that strategy after interim head coach Ralf Rangnick struggled to execute it during the previous season.
The precise and rigorous Dutchman stated, “I cannot talk about what is in the past.”
“I just know that I have my thoughts, how I put structure into a team, and I do it in every aspect of football,” he said. “I have no other qualifications.”
“The amount of pressure I put on myself is a significant element. My opinion is that taking the initiative in a game is essential if you want to win it.
“That is a strategy that can go either way, depending on whether you use it in a high block or a low block,” the speaker said.
“I would much rather do it in a high fashion, in high pressuring, but that is not always going to be the case.
“There are other scenarios and games in which you are at a disadvantage. However, I have a requirement for my squad, and that is that they press.
Approaching the game from the midfield is another essential component of Ten Hag’s strategy.
The manager of Manchester United believes that the club has to create a player who can fill the role of Frenkie de Jong if they are unable to sign one. This pursuit of Frenkie de Jong by United has been well known.
Ten Hag believes that there are already good players on the team playing in the middle. I am overjoyed with the addition of Christian Eriksen, since he will help to improve the team’s play in the middle of the field.
The type of player that you describe (in De Jong), though, is one that I believe should be included in the team.
“Of course, we have players who are capable of filling it in, and if we are unable to find the appropriate guy, we will do it ourselves. After that, we will work on developing a player who can play that position.
United’s first summer acquisition was left back Tyrell Malacia, who arrived from Feyenoord. Recently, Denmark international Christian Eriksen joined with the Red Devils, becoming United’s second summer signing after Malacia’s arrival.
Ajax made the announcement that they would be selling the defender Lisandro Martinez for an initial price of €57.37 million (about £48.8 million) plus €10 million (approximately £8.5 million) in future add-ons. The player is expected to become the next acquisition.
According to Ten Hag, “I think Christian Eriksen brings the innovation in and he will play in the offensive midfield.” Eriksen will play in the offensive midfield.
I believe that he is also capable of playing at a lesser position. I believe that he has a great deal of experience, experience gained from playing in a variety of leagues, including England, Holland, and especially Italy.
Therefore, he will contribute significantly to the team in that regard, as well as to our method of playing both in and out of possession, in my opinion.
Ten Hag is thrilled to be working with Martinez again and is confident that the 5’9″ center-back will be able to handle the rigours of the Premier League.
Ten Hag continued by saying, “That’s a player who I call a warrior, and his name is Martinez.” “Aggression is something he will bring, and it’s a South American” (character). He will make a contribution to the team, which I believe the supporters will enjoy seeing him do.
“He is a powerful individual, and one of his strengths is competing in duels.
“In addition to that, his motivation levels are really strong, and he will share those levels of motivation with the team.”