“He’s brought discipline in football terms, and ideas.
“His ideas are being imprinted in the players, compared to the beginning. Looking at them now, people know what they’re doing on the pitch.
“So, I think he’s done the structure, the discipline and then of course, his idea is just fun football to play.
“If you compare it to the first few games of the season, I think we are in a completely different situation. Already we have won a trophy, which I think is exceptional compared to where we started and me joining as a new player.
“But I think in football terms, of course, there are still things you can improve on. I’m sure the manager would say the same as well, there are things you could improve. Of course, the league is far off, but in the cups, we want to go as far as possible and of course we want to win them.”
Ten Hag on Garnacho and Shaw"A few games, so that's the statement. I can't give more details on it because we don't know. We'll have to see it how it develops."
Ten Hag on Martial"Both not available. Definitely the injury of Garnacho is more severe, but I expect Luke Shaw back on shorter notice."
Martial again"We don't have to force things. We are careful. The front line against Everton worked really well."
Ten Hag on Eriksen"I think he is ready to start, but as I said, the front line did very well against Brentford and we picked the same against Everton. The advantage was we could bring Martial back slowly, giving him minutes, but I think already against Everton he was ready to start the game."
Martial defence"I think the balance in the midfield was good with Casemiro, Eriksen and Bruno. Casemiro the balance player, the line up player, Eriksen can support him but also go to the final part of the game, can create chances with key passes. So yeah, a really important player and I think he had seven or eight assists in the league, which tells the story."
Ten Hag on Maguire"The time he needs for a goal is less. When he's in the team, we play our best football and we have our best results as a team. I defend him because I point to the stats and see how he contributes."
Ten Hag on Sabitzer"We saw on Saturday how good he [Maguire] is. He's doing really well and he's always in contention. I'm happy with how my team is defending, we defend with 11 and we have a great goalie who gives us so many clean sheets."
Ten Hag on style"He's doing fantastic. He's adjusted well to Man United and the Premier League. He is a great person and suits the dressing room well. He's an intelligent player and we're happy with his role at this moment."
Ten Hag on Antony"We want to play dynamic and surprise opponents. Make it difficult to read our game. We defend with 11 and attack with 11. So we work on that every day and every game - we have to improve every game."
Ten Hag on Rashford"Of course, we expect front-line players to be a threat but also have an effect in the final third. He has to work on that, but he's a young player. He's scored in big games and if you can do it in such games, you can do it in Premier League games. We have to win games together and that is my experience with him. He's a fighter and he likes a challenge. When he plays, the team is winning and he's still a very young player, he can kill opponents."
"It's a setback and he's disappointed, but he's not totally broke because he will return quickly. He's started his rehab and that helps to get back soon."
De Gea on clean sheet record"When we keep a clean sheet, that means the team and I did a good job. The criticism is always there, you cannot please everyone, I always try my best. We're doing a great job together."
De Gea on this season"It feels great. It means I've been here for a long time and doing well. Beating his record [Schmeichel] makes me so proud and now is the moment to keep clean sheets. When we do that, we're close to winning big things."
"We are playing really good football. We've already won one cup and we're all enjoying it, the dressing room is close together and the players are giving their all in training and games. We are still in three competitions and we're in the right way."
Lindelof and Maguire?"Sorry, no, it's not even 24 hours so I don't have a complete diagnosis so I can't tell in this moment."
Other team news"A lot. Decent centre halves, they proved in the past and this season we have four or five very good centre halves who can do the job."
Ten Hag on Martial impact"We have to see. We have two sessions to go, so I don't know now but it can be Scott and Luke will return to the squad. But not sure."
Ten Hag on rotation"Oh, I think you see first half we were in a really good shape, Aaron Wan-Bissaka played very well, Antony played very well, Marcel Sabitzer did really well, Bruno very good and Anthony Martial as well, Rapha and Licha. There were many positives about yesterday's game."
Can Martial start again?"We have to adapt in the squad, we have to use the squad, that is also what we did yesterday, you need a tactical approach to win the games, we have good players, suspension, we adapt to the squad."
Maguire suspended for Brighton"Maybe he can but it's a risk and we can't take that risk in this moment because we don't have so many options in the frontline with Rashford and Garnacho injured, so we have to be careful and also in the individual prospect we know when there's a lot of load he gets injured and we have to build it, especially when the games come quick ."
Martinez metatarsal?"We have to take that in mind as well, we know Harry's suspended but he played very good against Everton, yesterday played very good and in the coming games it's up to him but we have to take in mind he's suspended for the game against Brighton."
Ten Hag on energy levels"I can't say in this moment, when we have news we will give it straight to you. Let's do the medical, a full assessment, complete diagnosis, it doesn't change in this moment. I have an idea but I don't cause speculation."
Ten Hag on experienced players"Yes but I also see an advantage, more games, so more routines, we like to play, that will give the energy, so I think many advantages and we want to go for silverware and we have to give energy if we are to make the season a success."
Ten Hag on second half"Of course, they have to help the team with their experience because they have the experience to win silverware. They have to coach the team."
Ten Hag on top four battle"I think the second half, we dropped our levels, dropped our standards, we made some mistakes, bad luck definitely with injuries and the goals were so lucky and deflected but you can avoid it."
'A cow in the ass' ()"Every game is a battle, every game is a fight and you have to be ready for that fight. We have a squad - we have more than 11 starters - so now others are on and when their time is there you have to show and contribute to the team, you have to be ready. That is what we expect and what we demand. Then you find excuses, if you want to find excuses you have to look for another club. When the moment is there you have to contribute and that is what we demand."
"Because the next Bruno was throwing a ball away, so the next he is off. He saved him because Sevilla did the same in the first half and the player from Seville got booked for it. Antony, finally, he saw it out but don't come in such circumstances, everything is going our way. 2-0 up, we're playing a good game, so don't go into individual battles with your opponents, it's not necessary, you're heating up the opponent and the risk to get sent off. I don't want to take the risk.
"It's easily... so afterwards we call it where I'm coming from, you're looking a cow in the ass. Yeah, a cow in the ass. So we call it in my region from the Netherlands, that is easy. But when he got sent off you tell me, 'why don't you get him off? Why don't you go for the risk?'"
It's a great saying to introduce at a press conference!We can now add 'looking a cow in the ass' to 'looking a gift horse in the mouth'.
The latter proverb I understand.
The Dutch need to go easy on their supply.
What does "From behind you look the cow in the ass" mean and where did this expression come from?
'From behind you look a cow in the ass' is a reaction to others saying how something should have gone. This expression means "in hindsight it is easy to talk," "in hindsight it is easy to say what should have been done. There are several variations of this expression in circulation. Similarly, 'Looking a cow in the ass in hindsight' is common.
The expression is actually an ironic joke. Only if you stand behind a cow can you look the animal in the ass. This is undeniably true. But you have little use for studying a cow's ass. Thinking about how something should have gone afterwards is equally pointless: you can't change what happened anyway.
The expression appears in slightly different terms in Harrebomée's proverbial book (1858): "From behind you see the cow in the hole." Yet the expression does not seem to have been in general Dutch for very long. It first appeared in a newspaper in 1983.
It seems that "Van achteren kijk je een koe in de kont" comes from the northern part of the language area: perhaps Drenthe, Twente, Salland and/or the Achterhoek. The Dictionary of the Drenthe Dialects (1996) mentions, "Van aachter kiek ie de koe in het gat" with the meaning "talking afterwards is easy".
"In de kont"?It's a great saying to introduce at a press conference!
It actually means that hindsight is useless. The point is that you can look a cow in the ass if you're behind it, but that this is not going to get you anything; just like hindsight allows you to know what you should have done instead, but still doesn't get you anywhere cause you can't undo what happened. There's an explanation here: https://onzetaal.nl/schatkamer/lezen/uitdrukkingen/van-achteren-kijk-je-de-koe-in-de-kont. In the Deepl translation:
"In de kont"?
I thought you had to look in the cow's arse?
It's all very confusing.
Fernandes again"There are some unavailable - Martinez, Varane. We have to see how Bruno Fernandes is, we don't know yet. Is a question mark. But I think for the rest, we are quite okay."
Ten Hag on Tottenham"It's more often that players, we protect them, prevention but it has to settle down. We have seen he played a full game and it happened in the first half. But tomorrow is quick, we have to see what is possible."
Ten Hag on expectations"It was not so often that we have to bounce back, it happens with all the great teams, Real Madrid, heh? It's obvious they had a really bad defeat, of course, they are mad, that can be fuel for bounce backing. It's about us, an opponent can never be more hungry than us. That is how we have to prepare the game and make sure we go front foot, be dominant and dictate the game."
Is the game significant?"It is not always the same, it depends on what the reason behind it is. Depending on the reason, you tell them. It's situational leadership, I call it. You take the lead, you give the message, it depends on the occasion."
Ten Hag on Kane"Very. You see the table. It's quite clear but approach, our approach will not change. Our approach is we want to win every game, it doesn't matter who the opponent is."
Ten Hag on character"It's quite clear, his impact on the game from Spurs, we have a plan for that and home game we did very well, so for tomorrow we need a very good plan as well. You have to defend as a team, he's a clever player, don't allow him to come into the situations, he can have a big impact on the game."
"They (the players) are resilient. They are able to do it, it's not easy but they can do it. Now we have to make the next step to do it in games where you get a setback. You can have a bad setback but show your character and personality in the game to bounce back. I'm not in a position, I am the Man United manager, we are in another place, I have to make sure our players are ready tomorrow against a good opponent, good team, good players, I have to focus they have energy."
Ten Hag on Garnacho"I think it's very good that the club gives so much honour and congratulating to the main person in the history of Manchester United. He stands for more symbols, a symbol of youth, youth development, he stands for resilience and determination and they are the standards for Manchester. After Munich, the club was devastated and they bounced back and this person played the main role. It's totally deserved he gets an honour for this. Jimmy Murphy centre, Jimmy Murphy POTY and now his statue, it's fantastic."
Garnacho again"First of all, I think he shows he can make the final step, not only in talent but also he made it. Now, it's a new start, a restart, because now expectations will be higher, the demands will definitely be higher, he is on his way, he is a strong character and that's why he's there in the moment on this level and he did it by himself."
Garnacho available vs Brighton?"Now more work is coming to go because the demands are higher, we expect more from him but it's great he made it. It tells we will give young players opportunities but they have to deserve it. When I say give, translate to deserve. They have to deserve with their feet, show it on the pitch and it means invest a lot, invest in training performances, in the U21s then wait for your moment and prove again. Alejandro is that step beyond but now the demands will be even more. He has to compete for a starting XI position. Every time is the same: you have to cross limits and every time you have to go in the next level, we go with him in the challenge but most important is the player has to do it."
Ten Hag on the transformation"We have one training but I think it's too soon to be available, he's short."
Ten Hag's targets"I never want to talk during the season of pride or satisfaction, you know my statement satisfaction leads to laziness. We have six games to go and every game we want to win, therefore you need full focus, full energy, full preparation and tomorrow is definitely going to be a fight and we have to be ready for that fight and the points."
Ten Hag on trophy and top four"We want to win every game, we want to win every comp. I can't choose. But it's clear we want to be in the Champions League, that is the competition we are now fighting for and that is the only thing in this moment to focus on. The FA Cup final is after the season."
Brighton rematch"I never speak about 'if' scenarios, not negative, not positive, focus on the game tomorrow, don't dream, stay in the same focus as others. You have to improve every game. Good is not good enough, we have to do better."
Ten Hag on away form"It's a normal reaction, I think everyone involved in top sport, if you get beaten you want to have revenge and that is normal they have a huge motivation to beat us but we have to match that and do more, show more hunger than them to win this game and willingness is the word for tomorrow."
Varane and McTominay fitness"I don't think about away or home, we have to win every game, so we have to win tomorrow as well."
Ten Hag on young players"Prognosis: Rapha is closer than SM in this moment but still for the coming two games they are not available."
Young talent again"I know the culture of Man United, I knew before, of course I was long employed in youth football, I met several times Man United in big tournaments in the Netherlands. In U15, Man United was always there, it's the biggest tournament for U15 teams but in the past everyone knew and talked about Busby Babes and generation 92, Man United has a big history of youth development and in our talks last year that was one of the points we talked about."
"Ajax was the same as Man United in developing young players, giving young players opportunities to work on their personality if they feel they are good persons and have a good life and can contribute in society but we want to develop players into the first team, I think we are in that perspective, Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo is also on his way. There is a pathway to the first-team but they have to deserve it. We have structures in the academy, brilliant work, U21 and training into the first team but talent has to do it by itself."
Ten Hag's interviews are terribly boring compared to Rangnick's. Miss those times.What a load of boring questions
It's not his fault they ask him a load of stuff about the potential takeover, over which he has no influence and he's repeatedly told the thick cnut journalists that he has nothing to do with it.Ten Hag's interviews are terribly boring compared to Rangnick's. Miss those times.
Sooner this takeover gets sorted we might actually get some proper questions againIt would be nice if journalists actually cared about the football. Or at least, I think you'd get a real and interesting conversation out of Ten Hag if you asked him proper questions about tactical decisions and consequences.
I doubt it: proper analytical pieces don't attract that many readers. Instead, he'll be asked more about injured players, possible squad controversies (in the fall, it's was all Ronaldo all the time), potential fights with other teams, and whatever gossipy stuff they can come up with (and invent).Sooner this takeover gets sorted we might actually get some proper questions again
On a free midweek"Rapha [Varane] is back, but we have doubts over Marcus [Rashford]. We are doubtful, more than doubtful. There is a big question mark over him."
Any nerves among the players?"We needed it. We got some energy back. I saw a lot of energy and joy on the pitch. We have been able to work on some details."
Ten Hag on De Gea's response to West Ham error"No. We are convinced by what we are doing. We have had a lot of success, winning a lot of games. Instructions are clear but we have to execute them. When we do that we are successful."
Ten Hag on United's impressive home form"He has been good. We cannot ignore it, but individual mistakes are part of football. It happens. That is part of it and part of the reset from this week."
Ten Hag on if Amad has a future at United"We believe in the way that we work, the way that we play, and the togetherness with the fans is strong."
Ten Hag on Garnacho's availability"Yes, of course, we loan such players to make development and progress to bring them back, that is the aim of the loan. They are really strong, we mentor them, we follow them, we have communication over the season, especially Darren Fletcher, who invests a lot in such a process. The aim is to bring them back as a better player with experience."
Ten Hag on the threat of Liverpool behind"He has had one more week worth of training, so he is available. We have seen he can bring something extra in the team."
"It's clear, we know that, but it's not important because we have everything in our hands. We must bring our performance, then it's not important. What is important is the opponent we face tomorrow: Wolves. We have to take them seriously. They have done a great job, focus on that but they also have deficits, take advantage of that."