Ten Haag ‘good’ first season at Man Utd – not enough for the game
Manchester: Erik ten Haag says Manchester United must strive for more even as his team look to make it to next season’s Champions League.
United need only a point from their final two Premier League games against Chelsea and Fulham to secure a top-four finish after a season away from Europe’s elite club competition.
Ten Haag also ended the club’s six-year wait for a trophy in his first season in charge by lifting the League Cup in February.
The Dutchman could also end his first campaign in England with two trophies as United take on local rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
But Ten Haag insists the Red Devils’ goals next season must be even higher as they seek to rekindle former glory.
“We are in a project, we want to go back and win trophies,” Ten Haag said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford on Thursday.
“We win a trophy but we want more trophies, (to) compete with the best. We are still in a journey, we feel we are in the right direction but it can always be better because good Not good enough.
United’s goals-shy attack have missed the firepower of Marcus Rashford in the last two games, but the England international is likely to return against Chelsea.
The team have been heavily reliant on Rashford this season – he has scored 29 goals in all competitions, with Bruno Fernandes (11) the only other United player to reach double figures.
Referring to Rashford’s fitness after missing Saturday’s 1-0 win at Bournemouth due to illness, Ten Haag said: “Yesterday, he returned to training.”
He is looking very fit but we will have to see how the training results today, how he recovers and then we will take our call.