Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag mentioned his group are on target to problem on the prime finish of the desk however warned the membership should proceed investing in the event that they wish to hold tempo with their rivals.
United head to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday seeking to lower an eight-point deficit between the 2 groups. Ten Hag’s group had an opportunity to make that hole six factors on Wednesday however fell to a late equaliser of their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Ten Hag has been impressed by Arsenal and mentioned there have been indicators of their ambition and technique of their final assembly, a match United gained 3-1 at Previous Trafford again in September.
Ten Hag will not be stunned by Arsenal’s type beneath Mikel Arteta however mentioned the Premier League is so aggressive that anyone of seven groups can find yourself successful the competitors such is the extent of funding within the prime flight.
“The Premier League in this moment develops into having six or seven teams who all can finally win the league because there are so many investments,” Ten Hag mentioned. “When you have the right philosophy and strategy, many more clubs can compete for the top positions in the league.
“That is a fantastic problem and if you wish to be there, it’s a must to be actually good. You want that consistency; you want that good technique — and consistency within the technique — and also you want arduous work to compete. And if you wish to win trophies, all the things has to go in the best approach.”
United are still in all four competitions this season — they’re in the semifinals of the Carabao Cup, into the fourth round of the FA Cup and into the Europa League playoffs. With the January transfer window in full swing, they’ve already added Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst to the squad on a six-month loan and Ten Hag said on Friday the club would bolster the squad if the right player became available.
Though Ten Hag feels the club are certainly heading in the right direction to consistently challenge for the league title — having last won the Premier League a decade ago — he has sounded a note of caution saying there is no room for complacency on or off the field for risk of falling behind their rivals.
“I am fairly satisfied of the method [at Manchester United],” Ten Hag added. “I feel we’re [heading] in the best course so but it surely additionally means we’ve got to enhance loads if we wish to compete sooner or later for the highest positions as a result of the competitors can be actually robust.”
United are sweating on the health of Diogo Dalot forward of their journey to Arsenal, whereas Anthony Martial is also a doubt. If Dalot fails to recover from a hamstring injury, then Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to continue at right-back.
The 25-year-old looked to be frozen out at Old Trafford having struggled with form, illness and injuries. He played just four minutes in the Premier League up until the World Cup, but since the midseason break, his form has flourished and has impressed Ten Hag.
“He is selecting up the teaching, and he is making good progress from the beginning of the season till now,” Ten Hag said of Wan-Bissaka. “He was in a foul state of affairs as a result of he was not match — he had lots of accidents, couple of sicknesses within the first half till November.
“Things changed after the break, or during the break. He worked well in the preseason before the second half [of the season], he worked well in the training camp and he had some good performances in the games and made good progress. He was one of our best players against Crystal Palace.”