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‘Impatient’ Ten Hag ‘happy’ with Man Utd progress but says they can still ‘get better’

Erik ten Hag says he is satisfied with Manchester United’s progress this season but insists his side can still get better.

United are fifth in the Premier League and have won five of their past seven league fixtures ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Tottenham at Old Trafford.

 

Ten Hag’s side have shown signs of improvement since a difficult start to the campaign and the Dutchman admits he has been pleased with the progress of his team during the opening months of his first season in charge.

Speaking ahead of the fixture with Spurs, Ten Hag said he was content with the club’s progress but admits he can often be impatient when seeking further improvement.

“Yeah. I’m a person that’s never satisfied,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “I’m happy to be here but I’m not satisfied with where we are, but I also know that I’m a little bit impatient.

“I know that good is not good enough, we have to do better and I see many things we can do better. But also, I see improvement, so I think when we keep going in this process, we will improve further and the results will be even better.”

Ten Hag was asked whether his expectations of a higher position than present were realistic given the summer changes and struggles of the side last season.

The Dutchman admits his team still have some problems, but believes improvement will come when his side’s forward options return to form and fitness.

“I think that’s a good question and there are obviously many problems, we have to integrate many players.

“We still have to deal with some problems in [the] offence from the start: Cristiano Ronaldo not being available at the start of the season, Anthony Martial he has almost not been on the pitch, I think he didn’t play one full game yet. So, I’m sure, that will be better [than] when your two number nines are not there. When they are present and fit, in a good competitive shape, then I think results from the team will improve.”

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