Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag displays optimism ahead of the tricky trip to Everton
The Premier League returns this weekend following the final international break of the year and Manchester United have been handed a potentially tricky trip to Everton.
The Toffees are currently reeling from a 10 point deduction meted out to them by the Premier League and can be expected to embrace a siege mentality. The Toffees faithful and their players will want to send out a statement and it is up to the Red Devils not to get sucked into the emotion.
With four wins in their last five Premier League games, Manchester United are amongst the in-form teams in the top flight and will be keen to keep the good run going. Hopefully, the two week hiatus has not knocked the wind out of our sails.
Speaking ahead of the game to beIN via Manchester United’s official website, Red Devils’ manager Erik ten Hag appeared upbeat and optimistic about his side’s chances given the good run of form. While the Dutchman admits that there is more to come from his players, Man United have reasons to travel to Merseyside with their tails up.
“Well, I’m sure there’s more to come, but still it’s a good, good sign.”
While the Red Devils have been able to see out games of late, the overall performance is yet to reach the required levels. With a busy December ahead of us, Ten Hag will need to ensure that momentum is kept up, starting with a win this weekend at Goodison Park.
A trip to Everton is never easy, most of all now when the Toffees are itching for a fight. Sean Dyche’s side might lack quality relative to their United counterparts but are dogged contenders who will fight for every inch.
With several of our players just returning from international duty, fatigue is another concern that needs to be addressed. Hopefully, Ten Hag has been at work the past two weeks and has a gameplan ready to pile on more misery on the blue half of Liverpool.
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Man United are still within striking distance of the top four spots and cannot afford to drop easy points. With teams around us also likely to cede ground in the December period, the onus will be on us to keep things simple and get the wins one match at a time.