Erik ten Hag advises his Manchester United players to maintain composure in the intense environment of the Galatasaray match and assures them that he has a strategic plan in place.
The upcoming fixture evokes memories of the infamous encounter in the 1993-94 season when Turkish fans greeted the Red Devils at the airport in Istanbul with hostility and displayed a banner reading ‘Welcome to Hell,’ a phrase still linked with the club after three decades.
Ten Hag acknowledges the need for his players to stay focused amidst the intense atmosphere, referencing previous incidents like Marcus Rashford’s red card in the Champions League match against Copenhagen and Casemiro’s dismissal in the earlier clash with Galatasaray in October.
Despite these challenges, the manager expresses confidence in the effectiveness of his prepared plan.
ten Hag advises United players to not get ‘too emotional’ against Galatasaray
“Absolutely, you have to stay calm in your head and don’t get too emotional and control emotion, don’t give them anything, the referee as well, don’t give them a moment they can take, so you have to stay away from such moments,” Ten Hag told a press conference.
“You have to make it your game, it is not that important how the opponent is playing, it is how you are playing. We will make a good plan and the players they have to decide. We have to make our game and it is history. Manchester United has a great history, we have to make our own.”
The imperative for United is to secure a win to maintain a realistic chance of advancing in the Champions League.
After securing a 3-0 victory against Everton on Sunday, United should approach their upcoming fixtures with optimism. Following the Galatasaray match, they will travel to Newcastle and host Chelsea in the Premier League. Their last group-stage game in the Champions League will be against the already-qualified Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on December 12.