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“Fifth is the right position for us”- Erik ten Hag gives verdict on Manchester United’s current PL standing

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Erik ten Hag has a big job to do at Manchester United if he wants to restore the glory days. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag believes that fifth position in the league is reflective of the team’s performance

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has opened up on his and the team’s performance as he looks set to begin the restart of the campaign in fine fashion, with Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest visiting the team.

The appointment of Ten Hag was met with a lot of excitement among the United faithful as many thought that finally, we have a manager capable of coaching the players at their disposal and installing a winner’s mentality on the squad.

To everyone’s surprise, Ten Hag’s tenure at United started in the worst manner possible with two thumping defeats against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford. It was a shock to everyone but many were aware of the huge issues already present at the club that it was inevitable that time would have to be given to the manager to set things right.

Erik ten Hag, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United at Reale Arena on November 03, 2022 in San Sebastian, Spain
Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

However, since the two defeats, it feels like Ten Hag has taken more control of proceedings at Old Trafford and it can even be argued that it is looking like the Dutch’s managers time more with each passing week.

While speaking through his pre-match program notes to Rich Fay, Manchester Evening News writer via his Twitter (h/t Manchester Evening News), Ten Hag believes that United’s current standing in the league is reflective of the team’s performance over the course of 14 games in the league.

“I feel like fifth is the right position for us at this stage of the season…when I think back to first two league games, we have grown a lot already… but there is still a long way to go on our journey.”

While acknowledging the manner in which the team picked up results after a disastrous start, Ten Hag is still adamant that there is a long way to go for the tea before they can be seen as finished articles.

Manchester United's Dutch manager Erik ten Hag directs substitute Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on August 27, 2022
Manchester United’s Dutch manager Erik ten Hag received praise for the manner in which he handled the situation with Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

It is rather important to realise the stature and history of a club as big as Manchester United and that it deserves to be on the top when competing with other teams for major laurels.

it has not been the case over the past few years, where we have seen our rivals Manchester City and Liverpool take huge strides over us and this season even Arsenal are reaping the rewards for believing in a process.

Now, it is down to us to keep our heads down and work hard. It feels like the fanbase, at least the majority of it, are united in their opinion that Ten Hag is indeed the right man to lead us forward and is slowly but surely stamping his authority on the squad.

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With a game against Nottingham Forest coming up, nothing short of a victory will be enough as we look to build on the results and fight for a top-four finish. At the time of writing, the Red Devils are in fifth – four points off fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have played two games more.

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