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Ten Hag: Ratcliffe should not ‘interrupt’ Man United progress

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Erik ten Hag has mentioned new Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe ought to be cautious to not “interrupt” the progress the membership have made in the course of the Dutchman’s reign.

Ratcliffe and his INEOS workforce are making a variety of modifications at Previous Trafford, together with hiring Omar Berrarda as CEO and focusing on Dan Ashworth and Jason Wilcox for key recruitment roles.

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United’s poor season has raised the chance that Ten Hag might be changed as supervisor in the summertime, however the 54-year-old, who has a contract till 2025, has made his case to remain on subsequent season.

“I feel you could comply with the method,” Ten Hag instructed a information convention on Wednesday.

“Now we have good younger gamers coming by way of. They’re creating very nicely of their progress. We’re in a great way, path and we have to make the following steps. Do not interrupt this course of.”

United face Chelsea on Thursday trying to bounce again from their poor efficiency within the 1-1 draw with Brentford on Saturday.

The end result on the Gtech Neighborhood Stadium was one other blow to their slim hopes of Champions League qualification and Ten Hag has admitted it is going to be “tough” to catch Aston Villa and Tottenham.

“I’ve excessive requirements and I’d be upset if we did not qualify,” mentioned Ten Hag.

“I do know it is going to be very tough as a result of we aren’t in place. However we wish to win each recreation, that’s the usual we’ve right here amongst one another. We are going to maintain going and maintain believing in these requirements. That would be the strategy in each recreation. We are going to maintain preventing till the top. I do know we aren’t in place. Now we have to catch up.”

United have 9 league video games to make up floor on Villa and Spurs, however Ten Hag hasn’t been helped by ongoing damage issues.

Luke Shaw stays sidelined whereas Lisandro Martínez and Victor Lindelöf have each been dominated out for greater than a month because the draw at Brentford.

United have needed to take care of greater than 50 separate absences as a consequence of damage or sickness and Ten Hag says it has badly affected their season.

“I do know we’ve had lots of issues so I’m a sensible man,” he added.

“In a contest that’s so aggressive and the groups are so shut by way of ranges with one another then additionally you want the gamers to be obtainable.

“If you must make compromises your ranges will drop, you’ll drop factors. When you play in a constant workforce your ranges will go up. Once you usher in the very best gamers in your squad you’ll gather extra factors and that may be a reality so I will likely be lifelike however however I’ll maintain preventing in each recreation.”