Erik Ten Hag tells Harry Maguire to win over criticism, wants more new players

29 Jul 2022 | 08:10 | Football

New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag tells the captain Harry Maguire on Friday, it’s up to him to win over fans with a better performance. The Dutchman also says he is still entering the market for new players and needs “more options”, with United pursuing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Ten Hag made his mark at United during the pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, but kept Maguire captain despite the England centre-back struggling last year and booed by fans.

The mockery followed the 29-year-old to Australia, where Maguire was targeted by a host of fans during their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in Melbourne.

“We heard,” Ten Hag told reporters in Perth ahead of United’s friendly against Aston Villa on Saturday.

“But you see, if you do, it slows down. It’s about how we can change it.

“The team and Harry can by performance, and that’s the sole focus.”

United have impressed in their first games under disciplined manager Ten Hag with convincing wins over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Palace.

Their attacking play, the hallmark of Ajax under Ten Hag’s reign, has led to renewed confidence ahead of the new Premier League season after they finished in a disappointing sixth place last season. .

The Red Devils seem to have started the campaign without Cristiano Ronaldo, who did not report back to pre-season after being asked to leave Old Trafford. He missed the tour due to “a family problem”.

“Of course. But worried is probably not the right word,” Ten Hag said when asked if he was worried about Ronaldoabsent.

“I focus on the players who are there, they are doing very well, they are in good form.

“I want to focus on that and develop that. I can’t wait for him to come on, then we’ll integrate him.”

As the Ronaldo movie plays in the background, United are intent on beefing up their squad before the transfer window closes on September 1.

United have signed left-back Tyrell Malacia, centre-back Lisandro Martinez and playmaker Christian Eriksen but appeared to need a central midfielder and striker.

“We signed Eriksen for the midfield division, so we’re really happy with that,” said Ten Hag.

“We need more options when you have a good team, and not just about the team, you need a good squad to get the right results at the end of the season.

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“So we have to strengthen the squad even more and we are looking around, but we also need the right players.”

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