Ten Hag accepts pressure of managing United

Friday 23 December 2022 13:30

Erik ten Hag understands that managing Manchester United carries extra scrutiny and he is more than aware of the need to keep pushing for a place in next season's Champions League.

The Reds are targeting a top-four spot in the Premier League but sit fifth ahead of the eagerly awaited return of the top flight on Boxing Day, before we entertain Nottingham Forest the following night (Tuesday, 20:00 GMT kick-off).

United are currently three points adrift of Tottenham, with a game in hand but inferior goal difference, and will be looking to show our best form during the busy festive period.

Ten Hag realises the focus is always on the Reds, given the size and stature of the club. 


''We are aware," said the manager, on the need to keep pushing for a top-four slot. "The competition is tough, but I think it counts for all of the seven or eight clubs who are competing for the top four.

"For those who follow the Premier League, it is great because it is exciting and you have to battle with everyone to get those points.

"What I am looking at is the process and how we are performing, we have to get the results and then, also, we have to make the right progress and then we have a good chance of getting into the top four.''

When asked if he feels the pressure more than the managers of some of the rivals for the places, he replied: "I get it and I understand it. This is also the same for the manager of Chelsea and for Newcastle United.

"At all of those clubs, they invest a lot in their clubs. There is big pressure at all of those clubs because they all want to get into the top four. We want to fight for those trophies [the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup, as well] and that is clear.''