Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has accused his players of ‘not doing the work’ in some games so far this season.
The Reds have had a tough start to the campaign, and currently sit eighth in the premier League table with 18 points from 11 games, while their champions league hopes still hang in the balance with the team currently third in Group A. Ten hag is hoping things improve in the Champions League when his side faces FC Copenhagen on Wednesday night, although he is well aware there is still work to do in order to have a successful season.
Last year’s successes already seem like a distant memory after Ten Hag guided the Reds back into the Champions League as well as ending the club’s trophy drought by sealing the Carabao Cup
However, United’s 3-0 loss to Newcastle ended any hopes of keeping that trophy, and a few days later, another defeat by the same score left supporters questioning whether the team could challenge for a top-four spot in the league. Ten Hag has now given his players a rallying cry, admonishing them to put in a lot of work if they want to see any progress in the future.
Ten Hag stated, “In certain games, we let each other down by not doing the work,” in an interview with TNT Sports. A strong work ethic is required at all times. That is the basis for achieving successful outcomes.
“That was the case against Fulham and you look to reward it and you make your luck then by scoring a goal in stoppage time.”
And Ten Hag knows his team will have to be on top form to win in Denmark on Wednesday night.
The United boss added: “We need the fire. We need it in every game.
“Definitely tomorrow, it can be a good ambience here [in Copenhagen]. So we have to be ready for that, we have to be ready for the fight. But also stay calm, composed, and on the ball, so that we can dictate the game.”
But hopes of retaining that trophy have been dashed after 3-0 defeat to Newcastle, while another loss by the same scoreline just days late left fans wondering if the club can mount a top-four challenge in the league. Ten Hag has now issued a rallying cry to his players – insisting they must work hard if they are to get any good results going forward.
Speaking to TNT Sport, Ten Hag said: “In some games, we let each other down by not doing the work. The work ethic has to be good always. That is the foundation to get good results.