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Erik ten Hag says he is used to being surrounded by media attention

By Harry Smith

Erik ten Hag says he is used to being surrounded by media attention

The manager admits he is calm after his first match at Old Trafford ended up in a defeat

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Ahead of the second match of the season, Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag has spoken to the club’s media about the game today against Brentford in which he is looking for his first win as the Red Devils coach. His team lost at home last Sunday against Brighton and gave them a reality check after all the good sensations coming out of pre-season.

The Dutchman was asked about the defeat last weekend, to which he answered that the team has learned their lesson and have analyzed what went wrong in order to get the win today: “When you lose it is always difficult. But you have to deal with disappointments and setbacks and learn lessons and that is what we have done”.

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About all media attention he and his players got after losing the first fixture of the season at home, he said that he is used to it, but is surprised by how big it is in England: “Here it is huge, but I’m used to it. In Amsterdam it was the same. The Netherlands is a small country, but Ajax is the middle point of that small country so all the results, positive or negative, always get a lot of attention”.

When asked about his idea of playing good football and how he plans to install his philosophy to his players, he said he needs players like Eriksen: We as a team want to play dynamic so I don’t tell a player you are playing in a position that is really static. No, it is dynamic and Eriksen is a player who can play in several positions and that’s what we need”.

Ready for the second round

Lastly, the coach talked about his rival today Brentford. He admitted that they are a good squad but is confident he and his players can get the three points: “They’re a good team with a good structure and you can see they work together. Their style is quite direct, and they work for each other. They’re good physically but there are opportunities to win this game and we have to win this game”.

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