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“We Play Our Best Football When He Is Available” Erik Ten Hag On Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial has been restricted to just 13 appearances this term due to injury.

Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United need” Anthony Martial if they are to be successful during the 2022-23 campaign.

Martial made the move to Old Trafford from Monaco in September 2015, and he has represented the Red Devils on 282 appearances, scoring 84 goals and contributing 52 assists in the process.

The 27-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla before returning to Man United, and his form during pre-season convinced Ten Hag to keep him at the club.

Martial has struggled with hamstring, Achilles, back and muscular problems this season, and Ten Hag has said that the forward must work on being “more available”.

The Dutchman is also certain that the Red Devils are a better side with the former Monaco youngster in it.


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Ten Hag:

“He is not constantly injured, he is playing games. So he has to work on that (playing more consistently).

In that fact I agree. He has to be more available.”

“He can’t do nothing for it in that sense, it’s sometimes also bad luck.

But sometimes you don’t know also really the cause, what the reason behind it is.

But when he is there, he’s really important for us because we play our best football when he is available.

“He has to be aware of that as well. If we want to be successful, we need him. And the first thing is he has to be available.”

Erik ten Hag promised to end Manchester United’s longest trophy drought in 40 years as they prepare for tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Nottingham Forest.

'I Felt Provoked By The Coach'_ Cristiano Ronaldo On Storming Down The Tunnel Early Against Tottenham.

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals Erik ten Hag ‘provoked’ him into storming down the tunnel early against Tottenham.

Man United turned in their best display of the season to seal a 2-0 win over Antonio Conte’s side in October but the performance was

overshadowed by Ronaldo leaving the dugout and heading towards the dressing room after 89 minutes.

It was later revealed that Ronaldo had refused to come on as a late substitute, a decision that saw him exiled from the squad for the following league match against Chelsea.

It followed the incident in United’s final game of pre-season where he left the stadium before

full-time against Rayo Vallecano in July, after playing the first 45 minutes.

Following his brief suspension after the Spurs game, Ronaldo returned to the starting XI the

following week against FC Sheriff in the Europa League and captained the side against West Ham United three days later.

While he holds some regret over the pre-season incident, the 37-year-old aimed another swipe at

ten Hag by insisting he is ‘not the kind of player’ who should be coming off the bench in the final minutes of a game that is already won.


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‘Piers I will be honest with you, it’s something that I regret to left from the stadium.’

‘Probably, or maybe no, I don’t know. It’s difficult to tell you 100% but let’s say I regret, but in the same way I felt provoked by the coach.

Not allowed for me, a coach to put me in three minutes in a game.

Sorry, I’m not that kind of player. I know what I can give to the teams.’


Ronaldo was not the only United player to leave the Rayo Vallecano game early with Diogo Dalot also pictured making his way out of Old Trafford.

‘We are a team, we are a squad. You have to stay until the end,’ ten Hag later said of the incident.


Ronaldo has now claimed there were eight players who left early, insisting he was the only one to receive criticism because he is ‘the black sheep’.


‘Me and eight players, but they mentioned only my name…everyone do that.

‘Last year, many players did the same. In that game eight players do the same but they only speak about the black sheep which is me,

which is, I completely understand, okay, it’s done, I apologise to the coach and for me, the chapter was closed.’

'I Haven’t Changed'_ Cristiano Ronaldo Reacts To Manchester United Sanction

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to social media to react after he was dropped from the  squad for the weekend game against Chelsea.

Former Madrid and Juventus striker was sanctioned after he headed down the tunnel before the end of his side’s match with Tottenham on Wednesday.

Reports would later emerge that he had refused to come on when asked, and that he has a fractious relationship with some of manager Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff.

However, the 37-year-old has taken to social media, posting a passionate response,

saying that he tries to treat colleagues, adversaries and coaches respectfully, but he did add that “the heat of the moment gets the best of us.”

The forward did not specifically reference the club’s decision to banish him from the

first-team squad for the weekend match.


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“As I’ve always done throughout my career, I try to live and play respectfully towards my colleagues, my adversaries and my coaches.”

“That hasn’t changed. I haven’t changed. I’m the same person and the same professional that

I’ve been for the last 20 years playing elite football, and respect has always played a very important role in my decision-making process.

“I started very young, the older and most experienced players’ examples were always very important to me.

Therefore, later on, I’ve always tried to set the example myself for the youngsters that grew in all the teams that I’ve represented.

Unfortunately that’s not always possible and sometimes the heat of the moment gets the best of us.

“Right now, I just feel that I have to keep working hard in Carrington, support my team-mates and be ready for everything in any given game.

Giving in to the pressure is not an option. It never was.

This is Manchester United, and united we must stand. Soon we’ll be together again.”

In the immediate aftermath of the Tottenham match, Ten Hag indicated that he was not happy with Ronaldo’s conduct and has now acted.

"I Want To Get The Best Out Of Him" Erik Ten Hag Pledged His Support On Cristiano Ronaldo

Erik ten Hag has promised  “to get the best out” of Cristiano Ronaldo and believes that he will now play a more important part in his squad.

Ronaldo has started just one game for United in the Premier League this season –

the 4-0 defeat against Brentford on August 13 – but has been named in the starting XI for all three of United’s Europa League matches this campaign.

The 37-year-old came off the bench and scored his first Premier League goal of the season, and his 700th club goal, in United’s 2-1 win against Everton on Sunday.

Ahead of United’s clash against Omonia Nicosia in Group E of the Europa League at Old Trafford on Thursday evening,

Ten Hag says he wants to “support” Ronaldo and that the Portugal international has been catching up with his fitness after missing pre-season.

Ten Hag:

“I want to support him as much as possible.”

“We have a certain demand on players, what we expect from them, in certain positions on the pitch.

“I want to get the best out of him, he is getting into better shape now and he can contribute more to the squad.

“At the start, it was the case [lack of fitness], it’s proven once again, no one can miss a pre-season.”


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Last month Ronaldo was charged by the FA for improper conduct after he knocked a mobile phone out of the hands of a young Everton fan

as he made his way down the tunnel following United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park in April. Ten Hag says Ronaldo will not accept the charge.

He said:

“You mean, from last year? We will talk about that and he will not accept it.”


Anthony Martial is a doubt for United’s clash against Omonia on Thursday.

In the reverse fixture in Cyprus, Martial came off the bench and scored within minutes to help United to the comeback victory.

He was rewarded with a starting spot against Everton on Sunday, but had to be subbed off in the Premier League clash after only 29 minutes with a back problem.

Martial had only recently returned to competitive action after an Achilles injury kept him out for the entirety of September.

Ten Hag says United “need” Martial with his side playing nine games in 29 days this month.

“I want every player available, sometimes it is disappointing when they are not.

I know we need him with all the games coming up.

“But when players aren’t available, it is about dealing with the situation. It is about the players who are available.”

Paul Scholes Urge Erik Ten Hag To Drop 2  Man Utd  Star For Everton Clash And Back Cristiano Ronaldo To Start

Paul Scholes back his former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo to start alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for Manchester United’s weekend clash with Everton on Sunday.

The Portuguese star Ronaldo played a full 90 minutes as United came from behind to defeat Omonia Nicosia with a 3-2 win in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

After going behind in the first half, a double from Rashford and a goal from Martial sealed United’s victory in Cyprus.

Meanwhile Scholes believes Ronaldo, Martial and Rashford should be United’s attacking trio at the weekend after Antony and Jadon Sancho failed to shine in the Europa League.

Asked if he can see Ronaldo being included in the front three against Everton,

Scholes replied:

‘I can on Sunday, yeah.

‘I think the impression the two subs [Rashford and Martial] have made tonight with Cristiano as well.


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‘There aren’t a lot of games Cristiano will be able to play in but I think Everton could be one of them.

‘It’s not a massive pitch, he won’t have to be sprinting out everywhere, working the channels.

‘When he’s got two wide lads who have got goals in them, I think the two wide lads that played today, Jadon Sancho and Antony,

I know Antony scored on Sunday [against Man City], but I think Martial and Rashford look more dangerous.

‘I think they’ve got a little bit more about them, they can go either way, they’re quick, defenders will be frightened to death of them.

‘Cristiano, okay, he had a lot of chances tonight, it didn’t quite work for him, it wasn’t quite his night,

but that won’t happen for long with Cristiano.

If he gets chances, if he gets chances on Sunday he will score.’

Owen Hargreaves added:

‘They linked up really well, Marcus and Cristiano.

‘Marcus is great running with the ball and it’s a really good run from Cristiano [for United’s equaliser].

It’s nice to see them linking up, often we see them at times both having shots.

‘I think they can link up together with Martial, Marcus and Cristiano through the middle because they can play wide.

‘It’s nice to see Marcus being really positive because I think when he runs with the ball he’s actually almost impossible to play against,

he’s quick, he’s strong, he’s a good striker of the ball, with Martial and Cristiano there’s options there to be positive about.’

"We Don't Play Against Erling Haaland, We Play Against Manchester City,” _Ten Hag

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he understands the significance of Sunday’s derby against Manchester City and warned that his team must focus on more than just dangerman Erling Haaland.

Five points separate second-placed City from Ten Hag’s side in fifth ahead of their clash at the Etihad, although United have a game in hand.

Haaland has started life at City in electrifying form, scoring 11 goals in his first seven Premier League appearances, but Ten Hag’s focus goes beyond the Norwegian.

Ten Hag:

“We don’t play against Erling Haaland, we play against Manchester City.”

“We are convinced of our capabilities. If we act as a team then we can beat our opponents.

That is the belief we need, and we need it even more on Sunday.”

The clash will be Ten Hag’s first taste of the Manchester derby, and the former Ajax boss is relishing the occasion.

“I have played many derbies. I know what they are, what the rivalry is, what they do with each other,”

“I know it is the most important game in the Manchester area.


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It excites me. You do everything to win this game.”

Ten Hag also offered an injury update after the international break, confirming that England centre-back Harry Maguire will miss out.

Maguire picked up a suspected hamstring injury during England’s Nations League draw with Germany on Monday,

but there is some good news for the Red Devils as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford return to fitness.

Harry Maguire is injured and I think for the rest we have some doubts.”

“With Anthony Martial, he was training all week with the group so really happy with that situation.

He’s performing really well.
“Rashford returns into training so also we are happy with that.

For the rest, only the long-term injuries like Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams are not available.”

On recent criticism of Maguire’s form, Ten Hag added:

“I have to coach him and back him. I back him because I believe in him. I can see his qualities.

“The quality is there. He has almost 50 caps for England, he has high potential. We all believe in him.”

 "I Will Be His Friend And Sometimes I Will Be His Teacher," Ten Hag On Ronaldo

Erik ten Hag has vowed to give Cristiano Ronaldo the support and time he needs to get up to speed with the rest of his Manchester United teammates.

Ronaldo missed most of pre-season and asked to leave the club this summer but has been a part of all six Premier League matchday squads under Ten Hag, starting one game and coming off the bench in five.

With the transfer window now closed and Ronaldo forced to keep his focus solely on United, Ten Hag vowed to do what he can to help the 37-year-old get back to his best.


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Ten hag:

“I will be his friend and sometimes I will be his teacher.”

“It depends on the situation. As we all know he didn’t have the pre-season and you cannot miss the pre-season.

“It is a base and especially in the game we play, the way of play.

We play another type compared to last year. It depends on the demands, cooperation and certain positioning, in and out of position, and the other thing is fitness.”

Before the game, Ten Hag admitted Ronaldo, just like every player in the squad, will need time to adjust to his style of play,

conceding the striker is behind the rest of the group because of his shortened pre-season.

A number of sides across the globe were linked with Ronaldo but the majority of them came out publicly to deny interest in the striker,

including Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and, most recently, Napoli.

Ronaldo’s current contract runs until the end of the season, although there is the option for United to extend that by a further 12 months.

Erik Ten Hag: Cristiano Ronaldo And Aaron Wan-Bissaka Remain Part Of Manchester United  Plans

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says that Cristiano Ronaldo remains in his plans despite widespread speculation surrounding his future.

The 37-year-old Portuguese international wanted to leave the club after United failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League.

He was linked to an array of European clubs over the course of the transfer window,

with the most recent being Italian side Napoli and his former team Sporting Lisbon,

but no credible offer has come in and the club seem set to retain the player, who has one year left on his current deal, as well as a potential one-season extension.


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While Ten Hag was believed to be open to his departure, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday he was asked about the possibility of more players coming in besides Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka,


Ten hag:

“I think that for this window, that will be the end. When there is great opportunity you always have to be alert at this top club.”


Asked about what Antony’s arrival means for Ronaldo’s future, he said that there was no suggestion Ronaldo would be leaving.

And asked specifically whether Ronaldo was part of his plans, Ten Hag was resolute.

“Of course,” he began.

“We need quality players. You need more to cover all the games and to keep the consistency going.

That is what we strive for.”

As for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was linked with a swap for Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest, Ten Hag predicted no more movement.

“Of course, Aaron Wan-Bissaka will stay in.”

“So this squad, we will go from September to minimum January, but we will play with this squad this season.”

Manchester  United Players Must Be Prepared So 'Suffer' This Season_ Says Erik ten Hag

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said that his players must be prepared to ‘suffer’ if they are to be successful at the club.

Ten Hag got off to a rocky start this season when he became the first United boss in 101 years to lose both of his first two games in charge.

The body language and performance of the players is the humiliating defeat to Brentford in particular was heavily criticised and it seemed

at that point as though Ten Hag might have bitten off more than he could chew in the enormous challenge of restoring United’s glory days.

But the team showed suddenly much more against Liverpool on Monday night to record a vital first competitive win of the season.

Ten Hag expects that level of commitment every single day.


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Ten hag:

“What I demand is that players bring the top spirit every day. Every day, they have to bring it to the club.”

“It has to be a way of life and I hope they understand.

It’s only working – high performance, high level – if you have that spirit and have that focus.

If you accept that you have to hurt yourself, you have to suffer, to finally get the best level out of you.”

Ten Hag made big decisions with his team selection against Liverpool, opting to drop Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire,

while also drafting in Raphael Varane and keeping faith with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Lisandro Martinez.

The performance has the potential to be a catalytic moment for United, who now go on to face Southampton on the road on Saturday lunchtime.

Erik ten Hag press conference: Ronaldo Role, Martial To Miss Brighton

Erik ten Hag’s first pre-match Premier League press conference was short, sweet and pretty direct, but there were some key takeaways for Manchester United fans to get stuck into.

The Dutchman’s side take on Brighton on Sunday at Old Trafford, with the visitors weakened by the departure of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea late on Friday morning.

United have had a mixed pre-season – looking very impressive in spells and less so in others –

and the headlines have been dominated by their pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and the future of Cristiano Ronaldo

They were the among subjects Ten Hag briefly spoke on, as well as the latest on Anthony Martial’s fitness.


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Will Ronaldo start against Brighton?

“See on Sunday,” Ten Hag quipped.

“There were many players who left early and the spotlight is on Cristiano – that is not right.

Do your research.” the Dutchman added when asked about Ronaldo’s early departure from the pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano.

“I am really happy. We have a top striker. He is here and is in the squad.”

Is Anthony Martial injured?

“Yes. It is always difficult to say with injuries [how long he will be out for].

I hope it is not for too long.” Ten Hag confirmed.

The Frenchman is suffering with a hamstring injury,

having been impressive in pre-season after returning to Old Trafford following a disappointing loan spell at Sevilla.

Could Eriksen and Martinez start against Brighton?

“We need competition in the squad, but also we are going into a long season with a lot of games.

We need a lot of good players. They are fit enough to start.”

Will Man Utd sign Frenkie de Jong?

“I cannot comment on a player contracted to another club

. When we have news, we will bring it.”

On whether he’s happy with United’s midfield options, he added:

“I think so. As we saw in pre-season, we did pretty well there.

We have a good team. But we can still strengthen the squad.”

Is Ten Hag happy with Man Utd’s squad?

“That would be a good situation [to have transfer business done], but I am happy with the squad.

I am happy with the signings up until now. We are working altogether.

I am happy with the current squad and we need the right players.”