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‘Only a matter of time’ – Ten Hag bullish about Man United ahead of Newcastle clash

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag remains confident that his side are heading in the right direction following his side’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. 

The Red Devils face Newcastle United in the League Cup on Wednesday in a repeat of last season’s final, just three days after they were thoroughly outclassed by the Premier League champions at Old Trafford.

The Dutch tactician says “there is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves” in wake of the defeat and says “I continue to believe in these players”, even though performances have been underwhelming this term.

“At Manchester United, every game involves high stakes,” Ten Hag said in his pre-match press conference.

“Every single day, there is pressure on everybody involved with this club, but those demands and standards are a challenge which we must always meet head-on.

“While this has not been the start to the season that we had all hoped for, I am certain that we have the talent and attitude as a collective to move in the right direction.

“I believe that it is only a matter of time before we are showing our true selves. It will come, I am certain.”

Ten Hag added: “I continue to believe in these players and am confident we will improve after a difficult start to the season. On Sunday, in the first half particularly, we showed good defensive discipline and we created opportunities to counter-attack, but we were unable to capitalise on those chances at decisive times in the game. Important moments went against us and we were once again reminded that any mistake is punished at the highest level.

“Before the derby, we won three games in a row and demonstrated our character on each occasion, so we have developed in recent weeks. We are also gradually getting some players back from injury, which gives us more options and allows us to select players in their natural positions.”

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