Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag pointed towards his Ajax experience to demonstrate why his current side can win even more trophies this term.
WHAT HAPPENED? Sunday’s Carabao Cup final victory over Newcastle could be one of four trophies United end up winning this campaign, with Ten Hag’s side still technically in with a shot at the quadruple. While some have pointed towards the fatigue of competing in all three remaining cup competitions, the Dutchman feels it is exactly this which will keep his side spurred on, unlike previous seasons with Ajax.
WHAT THEY SAID: “It’s true. In my experience in Ajax, when we dropped out of Europe the levels went down and when you are in it gives energy,” Ten Hag said in a press conference. “Yes, I think [the United squad can cope with the demands]. Until now, we have managed it quite well and I think we can do it also until the end of the season. Except Anthony Martial, the availability from all the players is there. Mentally, they are really ambitious, that is one thing and that gives energy.
“Second, we have the type of players who can handle the load, the physical load. Of course, the players have to take responsibility for their performance. But I can’t see that [a drop in levels happening]. It’s a trophy but it’s not the end of the season. What I have heard around me and when I see the comments… when I see the fight in the dressing room it’s not like we are satisfied with this. We want to do better. So it’s inspiring and it’s not the end – definitely not.”