Ten Hag convinced he will prove a success at Man Utd

By Sports Desk August 22, 2022

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is confident he can prove a success at the club, emphasising he knew how much of a challenge it would be.

Ten Hag took over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick at the end of last season, but the former Ajax coach has seen his side lose their opening two Premier League fixtures.

Brighton and Hove Albion claimed a first win at Old Trafford in their history on August 7, before United slumped to a humbling 4-0 defeat at Brentford six days later.

Arch rivals Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Monday, with Ten Hag looking to avoid becoming the second United manager to lose each of his first three games in charge of the club in all competitions, after John Chapman in 1921.

The Dutchman is sure, however, that he will be a successful United boss.

"I'm not here for myself, I'm here for the club and to restore the club," Ten Hag said in a news conference.

"I knew before this is a challenge and I wanted this challenge.

"I knew before it was going to be hard but I wanted that because in my career, everywhere I started, the start was difficult but I get it done, and I'm convinced I get it done here as well."

Having questioned the attitude of his players following the humiliation at Brentford, Ten Hag stressed that he also counts himself among that crticism. 

"Don't get me wrong, when I talk about players and I want to emphasise that, I'm in the same boat as well," he said.

"When we are not in the right attitude, I'm not as well. We win together, we lose together. That cannot happen. It's a signal, we don't have to make it bigger.

"I think it's now a real big story, but that's not necessary because again, it's the first, the first occasion that it's happened."

United are set to sign Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, while they are also chasing Brazil forward Antony, who starred under Ten Hag at Ajax.

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