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“It’s not easy”- Ten Hag happy with Manchester United star’s trial by fire

Manchester United trio set to make their return against Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League.
Erik ten Hag could welcome back Manchester United newboy Sergio Reguilon. (Image: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag is pleased with Manchester United newboy Sergio Reguilon

Sergio Reguilon joined Manchester United on loan from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer and appears to have left a good first impression on Erik ten Hag.

Despite United losing, the Spaniard was a bright spark against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League. He also caught the eye against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Speaking to MUTV correspondent Mark Sullivan is the club’s official site, this is what Erik ten Hag had to say:

” We’re very happy with him and it is not easy to [be] coming in[to] a team you don’t know. And there was less preparation.”

Erik ten Hag is pleased with Manchester United newboy Sergio Reguilon.
Manchester United’s Dutch manager Erik ten Hag is impressed with Sergio Reguilon. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Reguilon is a tenacious defender who is solid going forward while also being reliable in defence. While some might have questioned us signing the 26-year-old given his struggles in the Premier League, it has proven to be an inspired decision given our injury setbacks.

Ten Hag currently has a lot of first-team players out due to injury. Luke Shaw, who was phenomenal last season is expected to be back from injury next month while Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also set for a spell on the sidelines.

This has given Reguilon a solid opportunity to impress, something that he appears to be taking with both hands. It is in his best interests to build a solid reputation before the loan spell is up.

Erik ten Hag is pleased with Manchester United newboy Sergio Reguilon.
Manchester United left-back Sergio Reguilon had a decent debut game against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford (Image Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

It is not easy to come into a new system and make a position your own. Reguilon is far from being Manchester United’s first choice left back but is steadily establishing himself as a reliable alternative.

The way he has taken to Ten Hag’s tactics like a fish to water is hugely encouraging. To go straight into the playing XI and make a telling difference certainly speaks volumes of Reguilon’s mentality and ability as a footballer. It is not something lost on Ten Hag.

“Of course, he’s experienced. [A] very good base he has but then still to know our rules and we didn’t have the time to teach them, to coach them in training or in the preparation time in like a pre-season.

“But he had to go straight in and he did well.”

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So far, Reguilon has been a valuable member of the team, and he must earn a regular spot in the starting lineup so that the other defenders have competition.

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