Erik ten Hag commented on the performance of his players after the 3:1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup. The Dutchman praised Everton's game, and did not expect an easy match. “I think there are no easy games against Premier League teams.
Less than a week ago, Everton performed really well at Manchester City and got a draw so you have to be ready for every game. I think every player in our squad, if you’re at 99%, you don’t win games. I like knockout games, it’s about do or die and today we had a squad that was determined to win this game so for me it was enjoyable to see the winning attitude is coming and the winning attitude is there in the squad”.
- Erik ten Hag said, as quoted by liverpoolecho.co.uk.
Erik ten Hag on his team
United's next match is the Carabao Cup against Charlton. Many expect that some younger players will get a chance, but the opponent should not be underestimated because we know what has happened before when a team is underestimated.
“I think we have a good belief. I think first of all it’s about keeping the freshness with so many games. With some of the players today I could see that the load was high so we also have to make sure we get the right balance in load and relaxation and the players keep fresh for the good games that are coming and the challenges.
We know that if you want to face the big games that are now coming, City and Arsenal – also Leeds – your physical performance has to be top to have a chance to win those games. That’s what we have to work for, that is a responsibility of the player, first in what they’re doing and to get ready for the next game.
It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be high intensity but if we’re playing with a discipline we have a chance to win those games, which we’ve already proven”.