- Nov 3, 2002
- New Delhi, India
No question/update on Martial. Maybe in the embargoed section.
He didn't learn English recently, he's Dutch and they learn English to a high standard at school from a young age, he likely hasn't used it much until recently which probably gives the impression he's improvingHis English has improved quite a bit since he started. And he speaks at a very high level, especially for someone that's really only learned English recently.
He's from a rural area away from the major cities, he learned English in school, but wouldn't use it like someone in Amsterdam. I learned french in school and couldn't speak a lick of it now. He spoke English when he started, but not well, it's pretty widely known he didn't do well in the Tottenham interview because of the language barrier. It's probably more down to confidence vs ability, but he's clearly gotten quite a bit better.He didn't learn English recently, he's Dutch and they learn English to a high standard at school from a young age, he likely hasn't used it much until recently which probably gives the impression he's improving
Difficult to sign a new midfielder"Of course, he's disappointed, we are disappointed, but it happens in top football, soon it happens, but it did, and you have to deal with it."
Eriksen tough to replace"As you said, on deadline day it's difficult, you can't make policy on such bad injuries. But we have players in the midfield department. good players. We have players who can fill the gap."
Fred has key role to play"I think you can never fill that (gap) because every player has his own characteristics, identity, another player will always fill in a different way, but it doesn't mean you have to be less successful. It's quite clear Christian Eriksen brings top quality to our squad and he has some specifics that are hard to replace, such as his impacts in the final third with his final ball."
United players could leave on loan"I think you mentioned already in your first sermon he's playing together with Casemiro in the Brazil squad, there's not a worse squad in the world, they have so many choices they can make, but they play together and that tells something about the quality Fred has and what he can contribute to the team.
"You see against Tottenham and Man City, when he's coming on last game he scores a goal, he has a lot of qualities, and they're a good combination, Casemiro and Fred."
Chelsea spending on balance of Premier League"Could be, but it depends on certain circumstances. If so, would be likely loans, yeah."
Wan-Bissaka progress"I can't talk for other clubs, I'm talking for our club. We have a strategy, so we keep the strategy where we want to go. We want to restore Manchester United to where they belong.
"We are in a good direction and it also has to match our financial frames. We started the season, we keep consistent to that plan, to that strategy and we are developing as a club, we are developing as a squad in the way of play.
"You see also the results in the process, we make the right progress, we have to keep the process going and keep improving every day."
Weghorst settled well"I think Aaron, he was so often ill or injured at the start of the season. He wasn't in the right spirit to contribute. In the restart he was available and he got used to our way of play. I think he has made a good development. He is growing game by game. I am also happy the last games the connection between Aaron and Antony, which made it more difficult for the opponent."
"First game he is integrating really well. He is doing what I am expecting him to do. The more he plays, the more it will come."
For me mind games is when you call out another team such as Klopp saying we get too many penalties.Mind games to get more favourable decisions from refs for the 2nd half of the season?
That's a good start. PL officials don't do anything unless someone talks about that in media. And given that it is not happening for Pool, the media will not bring it up much.
He's called out the elbow at Palace and Carroll's tackles!
Will Sabitzer be involved tomorrow?"We have always to focus on the game, no matter what, it is our job. That is why we are here, we have a lot to do against them, two weeks ago, we had a bad performance there, I wasn't happy with the performance from us, it was 90% focus and energy and we dropped two points. Tomorrow we need a better game, better focus in the game, better conduct in the way of play because we have to beat them because that's quite clear."
How good is Sabitzer?"Yes."
Varane's retirement from France"Very good. Of course, he did only one session but you can see he's a very fit player and I didn't have different expectations coming from Bayern Munich, German, their fitness is always good. I think he is ready to play."
Ten Hag on Rashford award"For United, I think it's good news. Rapha, he achieved everything in terms of football club wise but also with his nation, it is incredible what he achieved, big respect and I am happy he puts all his energy and experience into the team."
Could Sabitzer start?"That's always nice to win individual awards but it's not about that, we have to win as a team. We have to work on that and when the team is winning, individuals will get their rewards, that is always the football and not the other way around."
Ten Hag on Palace again"I think he's a really smart player and I think we gave him some guidance but he knows what to do, he knows the job."
Did you speak to Varane?"It's always difficult to say before but we know a lot from them, they know a lot about us, we were really unhappy with our game at Crystal Palace so I demand a much better performance than in London, so we have a good chance to win."
"He gave me the information that he was intending to do this. I don't discuss, Rapha is experienced, at an age where he makes his own decision about that, I can only express my deep respect for his career until now but there is a lot to come."
Sacking change approach"It's about the match of the roses. It's definitely a big, big game. It's part of England. It's big for us. We have Man City, Liverpool but for our fans this game means so much and our players will know what to do.
"Always said if a manager gets sacked, in general I don’t believe in it. Let managers do their work. The pressure is high with decision makers in football clubs but if you see the stats, mostly it doesn’t work out so well."
Injury newsDefinitely, you don't know. We have to be aware of that so when Jesse Marsch was at Leeds it was clear how they played. Now it's possible they change but it's also possible they don't. We will only find out on the pitch tomorrow but we need good anticipation on that so we know what to do.
Anticipation like we had against Villa when Emery came in, we had a week to prepare but not as much this time. We will see but we need to be proactive.
Ten Hag on City[McTominay and Martial] "They are not involved tomorrow. The same with Antony also not available for tomorrow. We have to sort it out."
Casemiro appeal consideration"I don't have [an opinion]. I am not here for regulations. I am a football manager. I stick to that."
Home form"Consider yeah for me it wasn't the right decision but I don't think we have a chance in a legal process."
"It was one of our aims this season to get that back. It's part of the process to restore United to the club they were once. Home is good, away we also have good results but away we show need to show even more personality. That's the next step we have to make to have the same personality away as we do at home. It's great to have the connection with Old Trafford but I think we have to be aware when we play away we have a lot of fans following is. We can do it away. Pitches are the same size. 11 players. We have to grow but we are happy so far and it's a good challenge."
"I always have to play with the players who are available and we have a squad, we have many good players in our squad who are also not playing in the starting XI and I have to do it. After a game I can't say 'Casemiro is not there, Anthony Martial is not there,' we have to win. United are capable and we have to win the games no matter who is on the pitch."
You're missing "Fine? No fine, he he he"Leeds press conference:
United - Leeds rivalry and Marsch sacking
Sacking change approach
Ten Hag on City
Casemiro appeal consideration
Impact of Casemiro absence
can anyone explain this please? He get‘s bodychecked against Palace, nothing special. Now he is out of the squad, the boss says illness but at the same time he can already say that he will miss Sunday and most probably also Barcelona. No one is ill that long, especially not perfectly ripped sportsmen. Same thing happened after his spin, he disappeared for weeks. What’s behind all that?What’s wrong with Anthony. Did he get injured in the shove?
Twitter were saying a leg injury for Antony. Certainly didn't look ill when watching United from the box against Leedscan anyone explain this please? He get‘s bodychecked against Palace, nothing special. Now he is out of the squad, the boss says illness but at the same time he can already say that he will miss Sunday and most probably also Barcelona. No one is ill that long, especially not perfectly ripped sportsmen. Same thing happened after his spin, he disappeared for weeks. What’s behind all that?
So for Barca looks like we are down all of Lisandro,Sabitzer,Eriksen,McTominay,Antony & Martial as well,bloody good job Casa's suspension doesn't include Europe tooTwitter were saying a leg injury for Antony. Certainly didn't look ill when watching United from the box against Leeds
Yeah, that looks like a quick exit from the Europa sadly.So for Barca looks like we are down all of Lisandro,Sabitzer,Eriksen,McTominay,Antony & Martial as well,bloody good job Casa's suspension doesn't include Europe too
Why Sabitzer?So for Barca looks like we are down all of Lisandro,Sabitzer,Eriksen,McTominay,Antony & Martial as well,bloody good job Casa's suspension doesn't include Europe too
Surprised with that unless I have completely missed it. Didn’t know you could get cup tied for a European competition?So for Barca looks like we are down all of Lisandro,Sabitzer,Eriksen,McTominay,Antony & Martial as well,bloody good job Casa's suspension doesn't include Europe too
Think he is banned for booking while at Bayern.Surprised with that unless I have completely missed it. Didn’t know you could get cup tied for a European competition?
He got 2nd yellow in CL in last game for Bayern so is suspended for the next European match.Surprised with that unless I have completely missed it. Didn’t know you could get cup tied for a European competition?
Yeah spot on,why didn't they just leave him on bench or take off if he started gameThink he is banned for booking while at Bayern.