Erik: it's up to us to stop their run
Erik ten Hag has conducted his pre-match press conference before Manchester United make another trip down to the capital, this time to face Premier League leaders Arsenal.
United are currently on a 10-game unbeaten streak, and face an Arsenal side who haven't tasted defeat in the league since they fell to Ten Hag's Reds at Old Trafford at the beginning of September.
In his media briefing, conducted at Selhurst Park after the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, Erik previewed the upcoming task for his side, outlining that United have the capability of halting Mikel Arteta's team in their tracks once more.
As well as this, the Dutchman discussed Anthony Martial and Diogo Dalot, among other topics, and you can read every word from the first part of his pre-match press conference below...
Part one: Erik's pre-Arsenal press conference
Press conference | Ten Hag discusses Casemiro's suspension and outlines his aims for the match against Arsenal...
“No, sorry. It’s Wednesday. We’ll have to see how far they are, if they are fit for the game on Sunday.”
Jadon Sancho, we understand he’s back in training. What’s the plan with him now? Could he maybe make the first team on Sunday?
“I can’t answer that question. He’s making the next step. Yesterday for the first time he was in team training. Team training is the final training before a game, so we will extend that in the coming days, [the] coming week, and then go step-by-step.”
“I think as Manchester United you always have to look for solutions, and always you have to look for better and that is what we will do. We will be doing our research and if there are opportunities, we have to go for it.”
You came into the game [versus Palace] tonight knowing that Casemiro could get suspended for the weekend. Do you, in your mind, have an idea of how you will go about that game with him not available?
“Last time we beat Arsenal without Casemiro, so we have an idea of how to do it.”
“It’s obvious they are in a really good run, I think they deserve the position where they are now. It’s a really good structure, there’s a really good mentality, winning attitude in the team, and that’s why they are now top of the league. They are in a great run but it is up to us to beat that run and we will do everything to do that.”
When you played Arsenal and beat them, did you envisage that they would go on and be such strong title contenders or are you surprised to see them leading the league at this stage?
“In the moment we played, you could already see that the manager and coaching staff was already for a long time working on that team. You see really good structures in the team and I think that they even improved during the first half of the season. There is a really good spirit as well in that team. We know what to do and we have to be really good, we need a really good performance. If we do, I think we have a good chance to get a good result.”