Erik ten Hag: Man Utd Heading in Right Direction for Galatasaray Clash

Erik ten Hag, the Ajax manager, has commended Manchester United as an impressive force in pressing tactics and acknowledged their positive trajectory leading up to the pivotal UEFA Champions League encounter against Galatasaray. Despite currently occupying the bottom spot in Group A with just three points from four games, United retains a possibility of advancing to the last 16. A loss against Galatasaray would terminate their aspirations, whereas a draw would maintain their chances heading into the final round of matches, although their destiny would not be entirely under their control. However, if they secure a win in Turkey, it could propel them to second position in the group.

Ten Hag shared his views on the progress of United, stating, “Although we are not currently at the desired level, we are certainly making positive strides in terms of both our outcomes and style of play. Our aim is to be proactive, dynamic, and courageous. Throughout my nearly 18-month tenure here, we have consistently demonstrated these qualities, particularly last year. Occasionally, we may need to adopt a pragmatic approach due to injuries or setbacks, or when faced with different challenges from the opposition. Nevertheless, we will always remain faithful to our philosophy and principles. We will not stray from them.” United suffered a home defeat against Galatasaray in their previous match, losing 3-2. Despite being in the lead twice, they ultimately lost after midfielder Casemiro was sent off. Ten Hag acknowledged that their performance was subpar, especially in the final 15 minutes of a Champions League match when leading. He emphasized the importance of controlling the game, maintaining compactness, and retaining possession. They were penalized for their shortcomings, but they are familiar with how to play against Galatasaray. Ten Hag recognized Galatasaray as a formidable team who played exceptionally well and boldly at Old Trafford. He expects them to approach tomorrow’s game in a similar manner, necessitating United to perform at their highest level to achieve the desired outcome. United displayed one of their most impressive showings this season during their recent triumph against Everton, sparking speculation about the effectiveness of Ten Hag’s tactics within the team. Ten Hag firmly believes that United’s prowess lies in their ability to swiftly transition between plays. He emphasized, “We function as a relentless pressing force, adept at organized defense, and excel in launching counter-attacks from deep positions. To secure victory tomorrow, we must perform at our utmost level.”

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