Ten Hag admits to tough competition in League

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Erik Ten Hag has admitted that the competition level in the Premier League is high and they insist his side needs to keep improving to win silverware.

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag believes the club is moving in the right direction but warns that the board must continue their investment to continue competing.

United will head to the Emirate stadium to face Premier League leaders Arsenal as they hope to reduce the gap between them as they fail to do that against Crystal Palace.

Ten Hag has been impressed by Arsenal and said there were signs of their ambition and strategy in their last meeting, a match United won 3-1 at Old Trafford back in September.

Ten Hag is not surprised by Arsenal’s form under Mikel Arteta but said the Premier League is so competitive that any one of seven teams can end up winning the competition such is the level of investment in the top flight.

“The Premier League in this moment develops into having six or seven teams who all can finally win the league because there are so many investments,” Ten Hag said. “When you have the right philosophy and strategy, many more clubs can compete for the top positions in the league.

“That’s a great challenge and if you want to be there, you have to be really good. You need that consistency; you need that good strategy — and consistency in the strategy — and you need hard work to compete. And if you want to win trophies, everything has to go in the right way.”

Though Ten Hag feels the club are certainly heading in the right direction to consistently challenge for the league title — having last won the Premier League a decade ago — he has sounded a note of caution saying there is no room for complacency on or off the field for risk of falling behind their rivals.

“I’m quite convinced of the process [at Manchester United],” Ten Hag added. “I think we’re [heading] in the right direction so but it also means we have to improve a lot if we want to compete in the future for the top positions because the competition will be really tough.”




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