“Act as a team” – Erik ten Hag plays down the impact of Manchester City superstar

Erik ten Hag plays down the impact of Erling Haaland ahead of the Manchester derby

Speaking in an interview ahead of Manchester United’s momentous clash against Manchester City in the Premier League tomorrow as quoted by Manchester Evening News, Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has played down the prospect of playing Erling Haaland.

Ten Hag went on to ease the fears by saying that Man United were playing Man City and not Erling Haaland tomorrow. He wants his team to have the belief that they could overcome the Pep Guardiola-led team.

After a poor start to the season where they lost their first couple of games, Manchester United have bounced back really well and Erik ten Hag has managed to resurrect his team and make them play good football again.

Erik ten Hag plays down the impact of Erling Haaland ahead of Manchester derby. (Photo by TREVOR COLLENS/AFP via Getty Images)
Bruno Fernandes in Manchester United training with manager Erik ten Hag ahead of the derby. (Photo by TREVOR COLLENS/AFP via Getty Images)

Wins against Liverpool and Arsenal have made people believe in Man United again and a win against Manchester City will make many more people around the world sit up and take notice of what Erik ten Hag has been building.

One player who has been unbelievable in the Premier League this season is Erling Haaland. The Norwegian superstar has been scoring goals for fun and many clubs have found him almost unstoppable at times.

Erik ten Hag plays down the impact of Erling Haaland ahead of Manchester derby.
Erling Haaland has been sensational this season. (Photo by JURE MAKOVEC/AFP via Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag however played down the impact of the superstar and has claimed that his side can make their rivals suffer.

“We don’t play against Haaland, we play against Man City,” Ten Hag said. “We are convinced of our capabilities. If we act as a team then we can beat our opponents. That is the belief we need, and we need it even more Sunday.”

Despite playing down the impact of the Norwegian superstar, Erik ten Hag will be planning very meticulously how to stop the Manchester City man and it remains to be seen what plan the Dutch tactician comes up with.

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Man United have a huge test on their hands tomorrow. It remains to be seen how we go about it and if we manage to get out of tomorrow with three points against our name.