·5 October 2022
·5 October 2022
Erik ten Hag spoke to the press ahead of Manchester United's Europa League match against Omonia Nicosia.
Ten Hag's suffered a humiliating 6-3 defeat against local rivals Manchester City at the weekend and need to bounce back if they want to make it out of their Europa League group without too much trouble. They currently sit third having lost to Real Sociedad last time out.
Here's what the manager said in the build-up to the game.
"It was a difficult day. We will analyse, it was a reality check, we need to learn from it and carry on.
"We can get a lot of confidence from beating Arsenal and Liverpool, but now we get a reality check with . So thank you for the lesson, Pep [Guardiola] and City. We have to understand, we have to do things much better."
"I can't see that relation. When we're 4-0 down or 6-1 down, I didn't bring him on out of respect. That has no connection with his future at the club.
"I don't see he is unhappy, he is training well and enjoying being here.
"He's not happy that he didn't play Sunday, don't get me wrong, but the question was about his mood in training, where he's happy. Of course, he wants to play and he's p*ssed off when he's not playing.
"Cristiano is really competitive, he is not happy when he is not playing, but I have to repeat, maybe you didn't hear, he is training well, he is in a good mood, he is motivated and he gives his best and that is what we expect."
"It had nothing to do with , it had all to do with Scott [McTominay]. When he wasn't in the team at Brentford, we lost. Casemiro will have an important role, we know his background, the titles he's won, you see every day in training."
"Not available for tomorrow. In the case of Raphael, I have good hope [he will be back soon], Harry will take a little bit longer and the other two I cannot give [an update]."
"We will play tomorrow our best team, we have to construct a team because we want a competitive culture."
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