Erik ten Hag says Manchester United will solely succeed with “hungry players” after letting Jadon Sancho depart little greater than a 12 months after Cristiano Ronaldo’s high-profile departure.
The Dutch coach was introduced in 19 months in the past to alter issues on and off the pitch at Old Trafford, the place he has needed to take care of a fair proportion of distractions.
Unhappy star Ronaldo’s second spell at United resulted in acrimonious style in November 2022 and one other huge identify has left halfway by way of a Ten Hag season in control of the Premier League giants.
Sancho has been banished from the first-team since September, when he claimed on social media that he had been made a “scapegoat” after the Dutchman mentioned he omitted him from a matchday squad because of his coaching ranges.
The 23-year-old this week returned to former membership Borussia Dortmund on mortgage for the remainder of the season and, whereas he wished the winger luck, the United boss underlined the necessity for the precise mentality on the membership.
“If you want to perform, you need hungry players,” Ten Hag mentioned.
“I already said, we need personalities and players who are very hungry to fight for the badge, so fight for this club, and to do this in the team.”
Discipline is a key pillar of Ten Hag’s strategy and was backed through the Ronaldo state of affairs by the Glazers, whereas new incoming minority proprietor Sir Jim Ratcliffe has not stood in the best way of Sancho’s exit.
“I think it is not about discipline, it is about normal behaviour,” the Dutchman mentioned. “It is about that, so what you can expect from a top professional.”
United are making ready for Sunday’s house conflict with Tottenham – their solely Premier League match this month.
The Red Devils want a win having misplaced 9 of their 20 top-flight matches in an injury-hit season, with outcomes and performances rising the strain on Ten Hag.
But the United boss trusts a course of he believes will enhance as absentees return, together with Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez.
Ten Hag mentioned: “If you ask me the question ‘is it difficult for you (to deal with things)?’, no, it is not difficult for me.
“Because I could expect from the start of the season when this happened the process could go negative, then, as a manager, you have to stay positive and get the process in the right direction.
“In the meantime, you have to be pragmatic, get as much points as possible and wait until the players are fit.
“In the meantime, work on your team, work on individuals that they go to higher levels, that you set conditions that the team is performing better, that the results will rise again.”