Alex Telles believes his Manchester United team-mates cannot be distracted by reports that Erik ten Hag is set to become the club’s new permanent manager because fixing the current campaign is more important than what will happen next season next.
Only formalities remain before the Ajax boss is confirmed as Ralf Rangnick’s successor, ousting Mauricio Pochettino for the Old Trafford job.
The noise around the impending appointment has been relentless, but Telles dismissed the idea that he played a role in United’s terrible form, which saw them suffer a third defeat in five matches against Everton, who are struggling against the relegation.
“No, I don’t think it influences us because we know what we have to do,” he said. sky sports. “There are people at the club working on the new manager – but that’s for next season. And next season depends on what we do in those remaining games, so we have to stay focused.
“We can’t think about who will be the next manager, we have to think about working hard in our next game.”
There is an outpouring of negativity around United given their Champions League goals are on the ropes, with supporters group The 1958 calling for an anti-Glazer protest outside Old Trafford ahead of the host from Norwich on Saturday.
Club ownership isn’t the only target of disapproval, with the team heavily lambasted due to disappointing displays and leaked stories that favor the division.
But Telles insists the team’s outward vision is not aligned with its reality. “Everyone in the dressing room really wants to win,” said the left-back.
“No player at this club has that desire. We know our responsibilities – we have families, we have dreams, we have goals.
“We want to do the job, not talk and turn things around. We know the quality we have, we know the expectations the fans and the club have of us and we have to be ready to do our best to turn things around. for the best.”
United, six points behind Tottenham in fourth place, have a ruthless fixture list as they seek to salvage the season. Showdowns with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea color a daunting task, but Telles refuses to give up on concluding Champions League qualification.
- April 16 – Norwich City (h) Premier League
- April 19 – Liverpool (a) Premier League, live on Sky Sports
- April 23 – Arsenal (a) Premier League
- May 2 – Brentford (h) Premier League, live on Sky Sports
- May 7 – Brighton (a) Premier League, live on Sky Sports
- May 15 – Chelsea (h) Premier League
- May 22 – Crystal Palace (a) Premier League
“If I didn’t believe we could still salvage the season, I shouldn’t be here,” he said.
“We know we have a duty to achieve our goals. We can’t think about the games to come, first we have a ‘final’ against Norwich ahead of us.”
Identifying how United can correct their trajectory, Telles offered: “We need more consistency. We started games very well, but there were times when the opponents were on top and then we lacked consistency. , which affected the results. We need to keep it on for 90 minutes.
“We know how quickly things can change in football and the team that concentrates best and really concentrates will succeed. So it’s about improving our solidity and being compact.”
Such should be a key cog in getting there with Luke Shaw potentially out for the season as his recovery process after surgery to remove the metal bolts from his leg is delayed.
The Brazilian international had recently been preferred to his counterpart and is enjoying the pace. “The more games you play, the more comfortable you feel and the more you really become part of the team. I’m in a good moment and now it’s about helping the team try to win every game from here.”
Analysis: Man Utd exposure like nothing Ten Hag will have experienced
Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:
“Manchester United’s interest in Erik ten Hag will come as no surprise given his status as one of the most progressive managers in Europe and his longstanding ties to their managerial position.
“The 52-year-old has had admirers at Old Trafford since 2018/19, when his Ajax side knocked out Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, before stunning Juventus and failing. only be denied a place in the final after Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.
“Ten Hag is a popular choice to take charge of Old Trafford and represents what is seen as a ‘fresh and exciting future’, although there is acceptance risk involved as it would be a huge leap for him.
“The last Ajax manager to achieve great success in the English top flight – via Inter – was Frank de Boer, who lasted just 77 days at Crystal Palace.
“The expectations, the global glare placed on United and the level of competition at the top of the Premier League is unlike anything he would have experienced before.”
The making of Erik ten Hag
Sky Sports’ Adam Bate:
“Erik ten Hag will go to Manchester United as an outsider tasked with implementing cultural change at one of the most famous clubs in the world. But it’s a job he’s already done.”
“At Ajax, they made fun of his accent. He was a Tukker – a man from the east of the country, an area known for his down-to-earth approach. didn’t believe the great Ajax had anything to learn from him.They were wrong.
“Two domestic doubles and a kick away from a Champions League final later and there’s acceptance Ten Hag brought some of the best football Ajax have seen in years. His methods won success, his manner won over the skeptics.”
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