Erik ten Hag previews Everton clash
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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been rocked by some of his players’ lack of knowledge about the club, according to reports. The Red Devils go up against Everton in the Premier League today looking to bounce back after last weekend’s horrendous 6-3 defeat to Manchester City. And some intriguing details are emerging ahead of the match at Goodison Park as they look to climb up the table.
Manchester United have made some progress under Ten Hag.
But it’s certainly not been an easy early period for the Dutchman, with his side losing to Brighton, Brentford, Real Sociedad and Manchester City so far this season.
Now, ahead of United’s showdown with Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, The Sun say Ten Hag and his coaching staff have been ‘stunned’ by some of the players’ lack of knowledge about the club.
It’s claimed that, after their defeat to City last Sunday, the Dutchman grilled players on what they’re aware of – and was shocked that some of them hadn’t even visited the club’s museum.
A source is quoted as saying: “The manager was furious with the performance against City.
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“He was saying to the players that anyone representing Manchester United cannot freeze and get beaten so badly.
“He said: ‘You’re playing for United. Do you not know what that means, given the history of the club?’.”
And they added: “He asked them what they knew about the club. When some said they had never been to look around the museum or only walked through it, he was astounded.
“He’s visited twice since joining this summer.
“He has told all the players they need to make time to go in either before it opens or after it closes, so they can learn more about what it means to represent United.”
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Ten Hag is keen to change the culture of United.
He feels the club have squandered millions since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, ensuring they fall behind their fierce rivals in the process.
And he wants his players to follow his orders in order to improve.
United go up against Everton today having won six of their last eight matches across all competitions, while they also battled their way to a 3-2 victory over Omonia on Thursday.
But they remain inconsistent and, with the Toffees flying under Frank Lampard at present, Sunday’s match makes for fascinating viewing.
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Speaking prior to the contest on Merseyside, Ten Hag has called on United to give their all in their quest for all three points.
He said at a press conference: “It’s not ‘hope’, we have to do it.
“We have to first create a plan, and then extend it with desire, passion and high intensity and we have to be ready for kick-off on Sunday, and from the first minute, be in the game.
“[Everton are] a real, proper opponent. They are unbeaten over the last six games so it’s a tough opponent.
“[They have] good organisation, they are playing with passion, so I like them. We have to be good, we have to be at our best to get the right result: that is a win.
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“They have good players, they have a good team, they have a good manager, so we have to be prepared.
“We have to be ready to start the game well and get the right result.
“You have to see it like this [positively] and face it like this, it is an opportunity to collect many points.
“We are playing in three [competitions] in this [next] month, and we have to go from game to game learning the lessons every time.
“Learn from it, move on, carry on and be prepared for the next game.”
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