Ten Hag speaks at United's Awards evening

Monday 29 May 2023 20:46

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has hailed his ‘resilient’ team as one full of character and personality at our 2022/23 awards evening.

In his opening speech, the Dutchman highlighted belief as the key component to building a winning side. 

“Many things are key, but belief that you [can] win the game is the most important,” he said. 

“When you show confidence on the pitch and believe in the plan and believe in your colleagues and your team-mates, then you will win.”
Ten Hag's speech at United's awards night Video

Ten Hag's speech at United's awards night

Watch Erik ten Hag's Q&A at the start of our 2022/23 awards night...

He added: “I think we did it [believe] in so many games – but we also dealt with setbacks. 

“[This] is a resilient team of character and personality, that are all attributes that you need for a successful season [and] for winning trophies.” 

United are one game away from the end of the season, having finished third in the Premier League and brought home the Carabao Cup.

The Emirates FA Cup final awaits the Reds and our rivals Manchester City on Saturday.

While he believes we’re headed in the right direction, Ten Hag says he wants even more from his team, adding: “Good is not good enough, we have to do better. 

“We have seen it before the season, after the start of the season, and then where we came from – we are happy, we are [going] in the right direction, but satisfied? No, we are not.”

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While he was aware of the stature of United before arriving at the club last summer, the support of the fans really honed in just how far-reaching our backing is to Ten Hag.

“I noticed when we went on the [preseason] tour in Bangkok, in Melbourne, and everywhere, everyone is supporting you,” he said. 

“They are so crazy about Manchester United all over the world.  

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“The fanbase is huge and that must give you a really strong feeling, and really good feeling, as a player, as a coach, for everyone working for this club.

“So many people supported Manchester United and that gives you a strong feeling, but also you have to take responsibility for that to deliver performances.”