Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has urged his players to step up in their match against Aston Villa as he looks to save his job following Sir Jim Ratcliffe's arrival at Old Trafford.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has urged the club's fans to ramp up the atmosphere when they welcome Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
United brace up to face an in-form Aston Villa on Tuesday night having lost half of their games and failing to score in their last four matches. They sit eighth in the Premier League table.
They also lost their last match against West Ham United who thrashed them 2-0. According to reports, Ratcliffe is paying £1.3billion (Ksh 255,878,637,950) to buy a quarter of the club and this news could hardly have come at a worse time for the United manager who desperately needs an upturn in results to avoid the axe.
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As per the Daily Mail, Ten Hag demanded a response from his players after their poor show against West Ham saying: “We know what the standard is at Manchester United, and we have to win as a team.
“I have to take responsibility and the players have to take responsibility. Every individual has to contribute 100 percent to that responsibility we have.
“In every game, the players have to step up. Maybe in moments, you expect from the seniors even more with young players around. But if you are good enough, you are also old enough.
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Manchester United suffered their 13th defeat of the season against West Ham but manager Erik ten Hag chose to focus on the positives.
“We have to do it together. It doesn't matter what age it is. We have to put out a team that has to win the game.
“Villa are in very good form so if you are creating chances, you have to take them and score otherwise you don't' win games. That is clear.”
Ten Hag is hoping their supporters will also rally behind them in what will promise to be a big night at Old Trafford.
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Geoffrey Kamworor, a staunch Man United fan, has reacted to news of Sir Jim Ratcliffe acquiring shares in the Old Trafford football club.
“I'm sure that they are very disappointed in us and we have to put things right and do things differently.
“We really appreciate all the time they are supporting us even with the setbacks. This season they are behind us all the time, and we really appreciate it.
“But, of course, we need any help but first of all the team and I have to do it,” he added.