Erik ten Hag exclusive world cup 2022: Manchester United manager on Frenkie de Jong, an intense pre-season and more
Erik ten Hag says the first three weeks of pre-season with Manchester United have been "so far, so good", but admits he would have liked all signings in place by now as their pursuit Frenkie De Jong runs on.
They then moved onto Australia for the second leg of their tour, where they came from behind to thump Melbourne Victory 4-1 fifa world cup 2022, with friendlies against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa next up later this week world cup 2022.
Melissa Reddy reported earlier on Monday that United players are feeling 'physically fit and mentally sharper' since Ten Hag took over at Old Trafford and, in an exclusive interview, the Dutchman admitted he was impressed - but not yet satisfied 2022 fifa world cup - with what he has seen from the group."I see they respond well, and every session they give maximum, and that is also transferred into the game," he said.
"I am not satisfied, I think they have to bring more, but it will not come overnight. It takes time, it's a process.
"The demand world cup football 2022 is they have to get more fit than they are now. But we are building it, it's also the responsibility of the players themselves to be fit.
"They've responded really well but I know we are in the start of a process, and it takes time. We need the full pre-season world cup 2022, minimum, but I know also at the start of the season we will not be ready, but I know also at the start we will need results."
As Ten Hag has set about remoulding the squad after predecessor Ralf Rangnick oversaw a third sixth-place finish in six seasons last term, Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have joined the club so far this summer, representing an outlay of around £72m.
The latter pair have joined within the last week and the United boss - who wanted to bring in reinforcements in defence and midfield this summer, following the departures of Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata world cup 2022, Nemanja Matic 2022 football cup and Andreas Pereira - has outlined what the new recruits can bring.
He continued: "Eriksen is an experienced player, he's played in Holland, Italy and especially England with Spurs, so a long career and also a lot of caps for the Danish national squad world cup 2022. I think the whole Premier League knows what he can do, what he can contribute to the team, and I would call that creativity fifa world cup.
"Martinez is a different type. He's a warrior, he brings aggressiveness, but he can also play football and has a good left foot. That is also what you need in the balance of the team, players who can create and also players who can defend.
"The defending part, we want to be proactive, and to be in the highest intensity defending. We are now three weeks on our way, and we are working on the defending part as well to be proactive."
United and Barcelona have a broad agreement in place for a £72m deal to bring the 25-year-old to Manchester, but with a conclusion nowhere in sight, Ten Hag admitted that he would have liked the club's business to have been wrapped up already.