February Crucial for Manchester United: Erik ten Hag Anticipates Tough Battles

"It's the truth [February being a crucial month]. We like these challenges, tough games."

by Sead Dedovic
February Crucial for Manchester United: Erik ten Hag Anticipates Tough Battles
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Erik ten Hag has the right to be worried, given that his team is currently far from the place it leads in the Top 4, although they still have a chance, considering that we are only entering February. The Dutch expert emphasized that his team must ensure playing in the Champions League next year. He is aware that it will not be an easy task. Many Premier League teams are equally strong this season. Erik ten Hag announced that the next few months will be challenging. Manchester United's players are feeling the pressure to secure a place leading into the Champions League.

"We want to win, first of all, all the games.
But of course we want to be in the Champions League, and therefore we have to catch up - we are all aware of this.
But also you see in this Premier League everyone is killing everyone, so that gives the opportunity.
There are no easy games, but definitely also not for us, because we don't have that consistency, we don't have the routines in this moment. So we have to get the results in.
And then we have also the FA Cup, and that can be a shortcut to a trophy, but also for European football."-
Erik ten Hag said, as quoted by eurosport.com

For him, the most important thing is that all the players are fit in the upcoming period. Erik ten Hag has had a lot of injury problems this season. When your crucial players get injured, it is difficult to expect that you can be at the level that is expected of you. Players like Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, or Rashford are individuals who can hardly be replaced by anyone.

"To get the players back, and to keep them in the team - fit. Because then we can work on our way of playing and on routines, and from there on we have to go to higher levels."

Erik ten Hag is happy that key team leaders are back, highlighting their positive impact on the team. He emphasizes the importance of what these players bring to the field, not just in terms of skills but also in improving the overall teamwork. 

Erik ten Hag
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As we already said, injuries were a huge problem for Erik ten Hag and his team. It seems the best players are currently available to the Dutch expert, but the question is untill when. Erik ten Haag and his team will have to work on it. Many believe that his trainings have a high intensity, which influences the players to get injured often.

However, he points out that the returning players need more game time, especially at a high level. They've missed some matches, affecting their performance rhythm. To get back to their normal and best levels, they require consistent exposure to matches. The coach stresses the need for a dependable and well-coordinated team to support these players in getting back into their usual form and reaching their peak potential.

Manchester United vs Wolverhampton

Manchester United will play Gary O'Neil's (Wolverhampton) team tomorrow. The Wolves are a team that has managed to surprise many teams in the Premier League, and you should not underestimate any team at this moment. The Dutch expert is aware that February could be a crucial month for his team.

"It's the truth [February being a crucial month]. We like these challenges, tough games. They're in very good form, they also beat some strong opponents, also at home. So it's a very strong side and we have to play our best to get the right result and take the three points away to Manchester."

Manchester United has not lived up to expectations this season. Primarily, they had a bad adventure in the Champions League, where they managed to experience disaster against teams significantly weaker than them on paper. However, Erik ten Hag does not want to cultivate pessimism and expects his team to recover from bad things this season. It is imperative to be optimistic, believe in yourself and strive to fix things. If his team fails to achieve their goals, certainly, we will not see Erik ten Hag on the Manchester United bench for a long time.

February could be a crucial month for him. If Manchester United get the rhythm, there is a chance that they can secure a place leading to the Champions League. In addition, the FA Cup is a good chance for Manchester United to go to Europe. The primary motive is to secure the Champions League, but it will be a challenging task.

The fans of this club hope that better days await the giant from Manchester.

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