Erik ten Hag ‘convinced’ of Manchester United success and says Aaron Wan-Bissaka ‘making good progress’
Erik ten Hag is “quite confident” he will succeed at Manchester United as he tries to bring back the glory days at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag has the best start of all United managers. He has won 21 of his 29 games since joining from Ajax last summer and has overseen a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
This impressive form has propelled United into the Premier League title race ahead of Sunday’s big trip to league leaders Arsenal – live on Sky Sports – and saw them progress in both National Cups.
United have not won the Premier League since 2013 and had their last silver medal almost six years ago, but Ten Hag is confident that this could change under his watch.
“There are six or seven teams that can all win the Premier League because there is so much investment,” said the Dutchman.
“If you have the right philosophy and the right strategy, a lot more clubs can compete for the top positions. It’s a big challenge and if you want to be there you have to be very good.
“You need consistency, you need good strategy, consistency in strategy and you have to work hard to compete there. If you want to win trophies, everything has to be right. .”
When asked if he thinks United is on that path with him, Ten Hag adds: “Yes, I am completely convinced of that process.
“I think we are on the right track, but it also means that we have a lot to improve if you want to compete for the top places in the future, because the competition is going to be very tough.”
“Responsibility, transparency and honesty”
Ten Hag, charged with overseeing a major rebuild at Old Trafford, has been evident in his first season so far in Ten Hag’s meticulous work, while his firm but fair management style has also brought discipline to the club and respect won for his players.
“What I want to bring is a culture of high standards and values,” he said.
“Accountability, transparency and honesty – these are the values I want to establish and master. I think this is the way to operate internally but also externally, for example with the media and the fans.”
Ten Hag: Wan-Bissaka is making good progress
One player whose future looked uncertain after Ten Hag’s arrival last year was Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The 25-year-old made just one Premier League appearance before Christmas, but has started all five of United’s league games since the end of the World Cup break.
United were looking for a right-back should Wan-Bissaka leave in the January transfer window, but the former Crystal Palace defender is now staying at Old Trafford after impressing Ten Hag in recent weeks.
“He is back in training and he is making good progress since the start of the season so far,” said the United coach.
“He was in a bad situation because he wasn’t fit. He had a lot of injuries, he had a few illnesses in the first half of the season before November, but that changed during the break.
“He’s done well in training camp and he’s put in good performances in matches. I think he’s on the right track and against Crystal Palace he was one of our best players.”
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