Ten Hag to United.NO:
Late but fine on Tuesday evening, Erik Ten Hag and Christian Eriksen arrived at the podium at Parken for the obligatory press conference ahead of Wednesday’s fateful match against FC Copenhagen.
The press conference was originally supposed to start at 19.45, but flight delays meant the Dutch manager and his Danish student were ready just over 20 minutes into extra time. However, the seriousness will not start until 21:00 on Wednesday evening. Then United must be ready when the referee signals the start.
The Danes had forewarned United of the electric atmosphere awaiting them at the Garden. The fact that Rasmus Hoglund is also returning to his ‘homeland’, where he started his career, doesn’t lighten the mood either.
Hoglund, who arrived from Atalanta this summer, is still waiting for his first Premier League goal, but he has seriously shown his mettle in Europe.
When United.no asked what the United representatives on the podium thought about what they had seen from the Danish striker, both in training and in matches, since his arrival from Bergamo, they responded with the following:
-I think he’s settled in well. He’s already scored three goals in the Champions League, which is pretty good considering he’s still in the integration phase, and Ten Hag starts at United.
But socially, Rasmus has settled well at the club and in the team. In pure sporting terms, he also scored three goals and put in very good performances.
After a very turbulent and variable start to the season, Ten Hag can’t help but state that he wants to develop and progress – both in Hoglund and the team as a whole. Meanwhile, there is no doubt that the Dane has made a good impression on his still-new boss.
– He just has to continue on the same path and improve. Rasmus has a personality that makes him want to improve himself every day. It’s great to work with him and with such personalities, says Ten Hag about the striker.
Christian Eriksen nodded and agreed with Ten Hag’s description of Hoylund.
– First of all, he is a very good man. As the manager says, he works hard and wants to improve, the stylish midfielder told United.no.
– He does what he has to do and the task he has to do very well. He has settled in well, and we will only get to know each other better through the matches we play. “It’s still fresh and it’s going to get better,” Eriksen says.
Scoring 18 goals in 14 Premier League and Champions League matches is clear evidence of United’s struggles in front of goal. Erik ten Hag also readily admits that the 20-year-old has by no means enjoyed the best working conditions at the top.
Ten Hag has a theory about what could be the solution to the problem.
– I think that as a team we can improve when we have the ball, so that we can create more and bigger opportunities. It will also give our attacking players more opportunities to score goals, says Ten Hag, who is looking for continuity in team selection.
– Yes, what we have to work on is finding eleven stable ones. Or at least 12-13 players playing consistently. Then I think the routine will improve. Then I think the scoring chances will come too, concludes the United.no coach.
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