What Manchester United players are saying about Erik ten Hag after his first season at the club

What Manchester United players are saying about Erik ten Hag after his first season at the club

Manchester United players have been surprised at the level of ambition Erik ten Hag has bought to the club in his first season and his relentless desire to win has been picked upon within the squad.

Ten Hag is nearing the end of his first season at Old Trafford and it is set to be declared a success. United have already ended a six-year trophy drought by winning the Carabao Cup and need one point from their final two Premier Leagues games – both at home – to return to the Champions League.

Then comes the FA Cup final against Manchester City on June 3. Ten Hag’s first season is likely to already be a triumph by then but there will be pressure to deny City a chance to match United’s 1999 treble.

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You can be sure the Dutchman will be desperate to do just that and land a second victory of the season against Pep Guardiola, and after a decade of drift United look to be on a surer path with Ten Hag in charge.

The £70million signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid was vital to transforming the playing style on the pitch and the character in the dressing room last summer, but the Brazilian is just as complimentary about Ten Hag’s role in United’s success this season.

“He has surprised me a lot with his ambition. We have been talking among us, and we have been saying that he is a little bit heavy because he always likes to win,” said Casemiro after scoring his sixth goal of the season in the win at Bournemouth.

“He is asking for more because for him 100 per cent is not enough. We have to give more than 100 per cent. He works a lot and is very ambitious. He has the ambition to change the whole club.

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