Erik ten Hag on the absence of Antony, Van De Beek and Raphel Varane



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Erik ten Hag on the absence of Antony, Van De Beek and Raphel Varane

Erik ten Hag is doing a great job so far. His team showed character and won the match against Bournemouth with a score of 3-0. What caught the eye of many is the absence of Antony, who is getting injured more and more often.

"He's injured,"- Erik ten Hag revealed the reason for his absence, as quoted by mirror.co.uk. He also commented on the absence of Raphael Varane. "Varane has played a lot of games and we know we have to manage him," Ten Hag continued.

"He is a leader so he is important for us." Donny Van De Beek also left the pitch after the first half. "We need to wait 24 hours, but it is not looking very good," Garry Neville believes Antony must justify his price tag.

"Agree with Anthony [sic] (he’s a lot to do to get to 95m price tag)," Neville wrote on Twitter. "Pogba had pedigree when he signed for United so not comparable."

Erik ten Hag on his team

Despite the team's victory, Erik ten Hag believes that his team must play fast.

"That is the next step we have to make," Ten Hag said. "We are still in the process and we controlled the game in the first half but we didn't play brilliant. Not entertaining, but we made a good goal from a set-play and then, straight after half-time, a really good counter, it was a good goal.

We have to play clever and keep compact, let them run and the spaces will come because, as they take risks, you will have counter chances." The Dutchman is not satisfied with the team's midfield, but also with the others.

"We ended up with two departments, one attacking and one defending, with a big gap in-between. It cost a lot of energy and you get a tennis match. We don't want to play tennis; we want to play football. [Let's] Keep the ball and recognise when to speed up."