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Erik ten Hag wants ‘immense’ improvements in United’s levels in the new season

Erik ten Hag is urging Manchester United to continue raising their performance levels after overseeing “necessary” and “immense” improvements during his first year as the manager.

When he took over the club last summer, United faced numerous challenges with a lack of coherence, quality, and unified thinking, resulting in a difficult 2021-22 season.

Ten Hag introduced a new playing style, set high standards, and effectively managed Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. He then led the team to end their six-year trophy drought by winning the Carabao Cup.

Following the Carabao Cup triumph, United secured a third-place finish in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final, where they were defeated by eventual treble winners Manchester City. As they aim for further improvements, Manchester City remains their target team.

“I think the levels all across increased (at an) immense (level) and that was necessary,” Ten Hag said, reflecting on his first year in charge.

“But, still, we are not there where we want to be and we have to raise the bar, so we have to go to next levels.

“You learn always and I think English football evolves and I think you see nowadays the league is stronger and stronger. When you compare it with three, four years ago, it’s definitely the case.

“Because all the strong players get attracted to the Premier League, all the best managers got attracted to the Premier League, so every time it develops and progresses.

“It’s really a challenge and I’m really looking forward again to go in the season and to get the challenge.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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