Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag delivers message to youngsters

Sunday 10 July 2022 07:00

Erik ten Hag has opened the door to Manchester United's youngsters to break into his senor squad but warned it will be no easy task.

A number of Academy graduates were named in the 31-man squad that flew from Manchester to Bangkok on Friday, hoping for an opportunity to stake their claim during Tour 2022.

Among those on the flight were Charlie Savage, Zidane Iqbal and Alejandro Garnacho, plus promising talents who have returned from loan such as Nathan Bishop, Matej Kovar, Ethan Laird, James Garner, Facundo Pellistri and Amad.

Ten Hag delivered a clear message to all the young players within his squad, ahead of Tuesday's Tour 2022 opener against Liverpool, live on MUTV.

“What I want to see is that they learn but also they show themselves because they have to deserve a position in top football," he insisted. "You have to deserve your position. It means you have to deliver every day, that demands a certain style, a certain way of life that they have to adapt to, that they probably don’t know yet.

"But I am really looking forward to seeing if they can do it," he admitted. "I hope one or two, they can prove themselves and they come into the squad but, if they want to enter the dressing room, they have to deserve it.”

Watch out for the second part of our interview in full with Ten Hag later today (Sunday).