January 6 News at 4:00 on January 7th, the third round of the FA Cup
, Manchester United will face the challenge of Everton.
Before the game, Manchester United coach Ten Hag attended the press conference, and he talked about some of the current situation of the team.
About the FA Cup
Ten Hag: "For me, the FA Cup is always special. I know that England’s FA Cup has higher expectations, higher standards than the Dutch game. But I also like the Dutch cup.
, it’s a different game, you can achieve a lot without so many events, you need to win. Here you have the possibility of a rematch before, but after two rounds, it’s a knockout game,
I like that."
Why did Manchester United sign Butland?
Ten Hag: "It’s because Dubravka was called back, we need three experienced goalkeepers, we have some young goalkeepers who are doing a good job, but we have a lot of games, so in training you need three.
A good goalkeeper. Of course, when the problem comes, you need an experienced goalkeeper in front of you and that’s what we aim for."
De Gea remains first choice
Ten Hag: "I’m very happy with De Gea, obviously he’s our No. 1 goalkeeper and he’s doing really well, but he can have some things and you have to be prepared for that. Last year I was in the
Ajax have had this situation where we had three goalkeepers injured and when you are fighting for trophies you don’t want to have a situation where you have to play young goalkeepers, it’s not something you expect, it’s
It can also ruin your season, so you need to be prepared."
On areas where Rashford can improve
Ten Hag: "First of all, always stay focused, whether you are in the game or not, you need to focus on scoring goals, whether it is Rashford or Martial, when they play, they need to be 100% mentally focused.
, they have the skill and it only takes a split second for them to change the game in a positive way. If there is progress in that, Rashford will score more goals and contribute to a successful season."
About the season so far
Ten Hag: "It’s not clear, but we assume we’re in a good position, we’re in the position we want, but we still have to play game after game. We play a lot of games, we focus on game after game.
One game at a time, don’t think too far."
About Championship Ambition
Ten Hag: "We need to go game by game, think hard and focus on improving. We have to focus first on the team, which is the most important thing, and then on individuals, we also have to get better as individuals."
Goals about winning trophies
Ten Hag: "I don’t think about it, you don’t think about it at this stage of the season, we’re in a position to win something together, I know it’s going to take a long time, especially with the front
A lot of games. When you think too far you get distracted, we can’t do that, we need to focus on improving as a team, that’s all, there are a lot of things in the game that we have to improve."
About improving the team
Ten Hag: "We’re always looking for that, we’re pushing the players forward, we’re good, but not good enough, and we also need to push each other in terms of organisation. When there’s an opportunity up front, you have to do it for that.
Get ready, my main focus is on improving the team."