Erik ten Hag

What does Erik expect from his players?

Monday 23 May 2022 10:00

Erik ten Hag has outlined the characteristics he expects from his Manchester United players, as he takes charge at Old Trafford effective today (Monday).

A disappointing campaign for the Reds concluded on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, meaning we finish sixth in the table and go into the Europa League next season.

Erik, who will be assisted by coaches Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren at Old Trafford, is obviously targeting an improvement for his debut term and he’s made it clear what he wants to see from the squad going forward.

Part 1: Ten Hag’s first interview as boss Video

Part 1: Ten Hag’s first interview as boss

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“I have high expectations from myself and that is also what I demand from my squad,” Erik said, in the first part of his exclusive interview, which you can watch now.

“They have to co-operate together and they have to give every day their best. And I would say, for me, good is not good enough.

“We have to do better.”

Erik’s footballing philosophy has been much examined since it was confirmed last month that he would replace Ralf Rangnick in the United hotseat.

The 52-year-old’s penchant for attacking, front-foot football is well known following his trophy-laden spell with Ajax, who he led to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

But he also described his side in Amsterdam as a ‘fighting machine’ and wants those ethics to be reflected at United too.

“Always. Everywhere I was in my career, I have high demands on my players,” he added.

Transcript: Part one of Ten Hag's interview


Read every word of Erik's Q&A and soak up the Dutchman's enthusiasm for an exciting new era at United.

“I expect them to fight and give 100 per cent.

“They have to be unified, to form a team, and to battle the opponent.”

Read part one of Erik ten Hag’s first interview as Manchester United manager now.