Fri 15 April 2022 | 13:37

Telles urges Man Utd to focus on their season instead of new manager

Manchester United looks to be on the verge of appointing Erik ten Hag as manager, but Alex Telles wants his team to focus on the ongoing season.

Alex Telles wants 

Manchester United

to ignore the speculations surrounding their future coach and concentrate on mending their season. 

Following the sacking of United icon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick was hired on an interim term until the conclusion of the season, with the German, then taking up a consultant job at Old Trafford. 

United started well under the former RB Leipzig boss, but have already lost two of their past four

Premier League

matches, as well as one of their last 15 top-flight games since his departure.

Rangnick's team sits seventh in the standings, six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, and pressure is mounting on the Red Devils, who are already out of all cup competitions. 

Erik ten Hag

, the head coach of Ajax, is rumored to have agreed to take over at United next season, beating out Mauricio Pochettino of PSG, but left-back Telles seems unconcerned about the rumors. 

"No, I don't think it influences us because we know what we have to do," he told Sky Sports.

"There are people at the club working on the new manager – but that's for next season. And next season depends on what we do in these remaining games, so we need to stay focused.

"We can't think about who the next manager will be, we need to think about working hard in our next game.

He added: "If I didn't believe we can still rescue the season then I shouldn't be here.

"We know the duty we have to meet our objectives. We can't think of the games further ahead, we have a 'final' against Norwich City [on Saturday] in front of us first."

The futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba have been called into doubt, while Harry Maguire has been mentioned as a defensive concern on several occasions. 

The 1958, a United supporter organization, is preparing a demonstration against the club's current owners, the Glazer family, prior to the match against Norwich.

Telles, on the other hand, argues that despite distractions off the field, all of the players in the dressing room are aiming to pull in the same direction. 

"Everyone in the dressing room really wants to win," he continued. "No player at this club doesn't have this desire. We know about our responsibilities – we have families, we have dreams, we have objectives.

"We want to do the work, not talk and turn this situation around. We know the quality we have, we know the expectation the fans and the club have of us and we need to be prepared to do our best to change things for the better."

United will attempt to reclaim their place in the top four against Norwich, who they have beaten 12 times in their past 15 league encounters, and Telles believes consistency will be important for Rangnick's side. 

"We need more consistency. We've started games really well, but there are moments where the opponents have been on top and then we've lacked solidity, which has affected results," he said.

"We need to keep it up for 90 minutes. We know how quickly things can change in football and the team that concentrates best and really focuses will be successful."

However, with United facing Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea in their remaining seven games as they compete for

Champions League

slots, consistency may not be the only difficulty.


source: SportMob

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