will be getting a lot more players into the penalty box under Erik ten Hag, reveals Scott McTominay, as the new manager looks to make the Red Devils a much more threatening side.
The Dutchman is enjoying a very encouraging start to his tenure as United boss, with his two friendly matches in charge producing two wins and eight goals scored.
The 4-0 win over Liverpool earlier in the week was followed by a 4-1 victory over Melbourne Victory on Friday and Ten Hag is getting rave reviews from his new players as well as fans getting excited again.
McTominay scored United’s first goal against the Australians and he plans to get a lot more over the season to come, with Ten Hag telling him and his teammates to get forward more and make their presence felt in the penalty area.
‘It’s cutbacks, it’s getting in the box, all of us, not just myself. I know I can score more goals and it’s all the players,’ McTominay told
‘The manager wants more players in the box, which is where you score goals and that’s the most important thing.
‘For us, the level of detail which he’s talking about is so easy to understand as well and that’s probably one of the most benefitting things in terms of pre-season, because all of his ideas can come at once and we can take them on board as well.’
Ten Hag is imparting a new way of playing at Old Trafford and it involves a lot more running than the players were used to under previous regimes.
McTominay is delighted with the new work ethic, pleased to feel the positive impact of just a few weeks under Ten Hag’s management and expects more to come.
‘Everyone’s so, so happy with the new coach in terms of the detail and attention to the work that we’re doing, and everyone’s so fit now. And we can get fitter, I can get fitter, the whole team can, which is obviously a benefit for the future as well,’ said the midfielder.
Manchester United have enjoyed another boost on Friday with the announcement that Christian Eriksen has joined the club on a three-year contract.
Ten Hag also came off very well from Eriksen’s assessment of him, saying that the Dutchman was a big part in attracting him to the club.
‘I have seen Erik’s work at Ajax and know the level of detail and preparation that he and his staff put into every day,’ said the Dane. ‘It is clear that he is a fantastic coach.
‘Having spoken with him and learned more about his vision and the way he wants the team to play, I am even more excited for the future. I still have major ambitions in the game, there is a huge amount that I know I can achieve, and this is the perfect place to continue my journey.’
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