Manchester United may have instilled hope among their fans after a 4-0 thrashing of Liverpool, but manager Erik ten Hag warned wary of getting too caught up in a first victory.
The new era at Old Trafford will see ten Hag attempt to bring the kind of play that made his Ajax team so successful, which will almost certainly require a time of transition for the united group.
The new pressing system, in particular, will take some getting used to after plenty of counter-attacking play under previous manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Following the game, ten Hag stated that they were “happy” with their performance before judging the effectiveness of their strategies.
“We did the press, made a few pressing blunders, gave up some chances, but we also produced a lot.” I believe our team was daring and proactive. We’ll have to work hard to correct our flaws, but we’re pleased with the first game.”
He was also quick to point out that their opponents were not at their best either, as Liverpool began preseason later after their European exploits. His answers were covered by the Manchester Evening News.
“It will take a long time.” Trust me on this. I’ve seen a number of errors. Liverpool fielded three teams, none of which were at their best. We did not overestimate the outcome.
“We have to be cautious, but I have seen some really amazing things, and I believe we have a lot of innovation and speed ahead.” We have promise.”
It would have been surprising if ten Hag’s comments had been anything other than cautious. Despite the triumph, United fans will be pleased to hear him demand high standards from his players. A 4-0 victory over the club’s bitterest enemies will also boost morale.