Erik Ten Hag: “Old Trafford is the key to Man United's restoration”
Making Old Trafford a fortress with thirteen straight home wins this season, the Dutch coach emphasizes the importance of the stadium in bringing back Manchester United's "fear factor".
Ahead of hosting Leeds United at Old Trafford,Erik ten Hag
emphasized bringing back the fear factor to Old Trafford asManchester United
can make it 14 straight home victories with a victory over their rivals on Wednesday, who’ve just sacked the coach Jesse Marsch on Tuesday.
"It was one of our aims this season to get that back,”
ten Hag told his press conference
"It's part of the process to restore Manchester United. It's great to have the connection with Old Trafford.
"I think home form is good. The next step is to have that same personality away as we do at home.
"When we play away we have a lot of fans following us and we can do the same away. Pitches are the same size and it is still 11 against 11.
"We can grow, we still have steps to make but happy with that as well."
On Manchester United's rivalry withLeeds United
, ten Hag added:
"It's the match of the roses.
"It's definitely a big game in this part of England and a big game for us.
"We have City, we have Liverpool, but as well for our fans this game means so much. Our players are aware of that and will know what to do.
"It's always sad if a manager gets sacked. In general, I don't believe it that you sack a manager and get better results.
"Most of the time it doesn't work. But the pressure is high with decision-makers at football and they turn, but if you see the facts, most of the time it doesn't work out well."
Despite numerous injuries for their Wednesday clash, Ten Hag accepts no excuses for not winning Leeds, adding:
"I always have to play with the players who are available and we have a squad.
"We have many good players in our squad who are not playing in the starting XI.
"After a game, I can't say, 'Casemiro is not there, Anthony Martial is not there'. We have to win. United are capable and we have to win the games no matter who is on the pitch."
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