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Erik ten Hag demands Garnacho, Mainoo, and Hojlund ‘improve’ despite recent blockbuster performances

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has sent out a warning to their young stars Hojlund, Garnacho and Mainoo to still improve over their performances.

Manchester United’s young talents Alejandro Garnacho, Rasmus Hojlund, and Kobbie Mainoo have received acknowledgment for their recent performances, contributing to an unbeaten streak of five games across all competitions with a total of eight goals.

However, despite their positive showings, manager Erik ten Hag has emphasized the importance of continuous development and maintaining a hunger for improvement.

“I think they enjoy to play together. There is adventure. They are a danger. They want to do it together and to pass to each other so that everyone can play to their qualities and everyone can score goals,” he told reporters. “It’s great if they want to do it together because that is the key, then we can have a lot of pleasure from this. They are young players and the future for Manchester United is quite bright with such talent on board.

“But you have to develop the talent and there is a lot of space for improvement and that is necessary if you want to go to the top levels. This club wants to achieve a lot, to win trophies. It is very ambitious so they then have to step up and bring higher levels and consistency. Also against the best opposition they have to express the same threat and it is about end product. Players need time, especially young players like Rasmus and Alejandro. They need time but also they need a team so those effects were not there in the first half of the season.”

He added: “From the start I was confident they have the potential to do what they are doing and now it is about keeping going, keep moving, be hungry.”

Hojlund has showcased a resurgence in form for the Red Devils, netting five goals in his last six matches. Garnacho, on the other hand, delivered a standout performance by scoring twice in Manchester United’s recent victory over West Ham.

Additionally, 18-year-old Mainoo scored his debut goal for United in the FA Cup triumph against Newport and later clinched a late winner in their 4-3 triumph over Wolves.

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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