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Erik ten Hag interview: Man Utd manager reveals how his team must improve at Arsenal after failing to match standards

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Erik ten Hag’s second season at Utrecht brought European football. His second season at Ajax brought his first title and took the club to within seconds of reaching the Champions League final. The lesson of his career to date is that when it clicks, it clicks.

How close is that to happening at Manchester United? Two wins from three games is an improvement on last season but it has been an unsteady start with narrow home wins against expected strugglers Wolves and Nottingham Forest proving unconvincing.

The defeat at Tottenham brought harsh criticism, questions about the make-up of the midfield and fears that there is something still missing. But there is hope too. Bolstered by deadline-day additions, the belief remains that Ten Hag can take this team forward.

Over the course of our conversation at the club’s training ground, he will address the failings in both defence and attack in stark terms, acknowledging the issues. But he is also eager to project calm ahead of a huge game at Arsenal on Sunday. There is no need for panic.manchester united

“I have seen a lot of the games already in the Premier League,” he tells Sky Sports. “None of the teams are yet in the right shape and in the right form. That is normal at the start of a season. Everything has to settle in and to improve. That is our job as managers.”

He saw better signs against Forest too

“We improved in attitude, resilience, determination. The way we did it, really dominating. For parts of the game, we even had 90 per cent of possession, so we pinned them back and even though they were very compact we created many chances.”

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