For Erik ten Hag, Liverpool is not a problem for them for the top 4. He insists Manchester United can ignore the threat from Liverpool despite a recent blip that allowed their rivals back into the race to finish in the Premier League’s top four. United were in full control until successive defeats against Brighton and West Ham gave Liverpool renewed hope. Jurgen Klopp’s men have clinched six consecutive victories to leave United looking nervously over their shoulders.
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Manchester United still have a game in hand over Liverpool. Ten Hag is confident about they have no reason to fear the challenge from Merseyside. United have to face Bournemouth, Chelse, and Fulham after the Wolves fixture. It will not be an easy job for Erik ten Hag’s men to pull this off. The main reason for United’s faltering in consistency during the last stages of the season is fatigue. They don’t have bench strengths like the others and also they don’t have that individual qualities like Liverpool or Newcastle right now. Manchester United have to sign some players in the summer to retain Europe’s top club spot.
“We have everything in our hands and as long as we have things in our hands, we are in control. As long as that, we are not dependent on them, we are dependent on ourselves.” “The important thing is the opponent we face tomorrow, Wolves. We have to take them seriously. They have done a great job. We focus on that.”
United will hope to have opened up a four-point cushion by the time Liverpool play Leicester. But Ten Hag says his squad are remaining calm.
Erik ten Hag is confident about the top 4
“We are convinced with what we are doing, we have a lot of success, we have won a lot of games,” he said. “The way we work, the way we’re playing, the structures are really clear but we have to execute them and show 100 percent discipline in rules and principles. When we do that, we are successful. “There’s a strong bond and a really good ambience at Old Trafford. It’s difficult for opponents to go there and face us.”
England forward Marcus Rashford is a major doubt for the Wolves game. Rashford, United’s top scorer this season with 29 goals, is struggling with a leg problem. His injury comes at a time when United have scored only three goals in their past six games in all competitions. Wout Weghorst, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, and Antony haven’t been on the scoresheet regularly. Manchester United have to sign a proven goal scorer otherwise it would be so hard for Ten Hag to keep up the race with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle, or Liverpool. French center-back Raphael Varane returns after a month out. It is a good sign for the Red Devils.
“Marcus is a big question mark for tomorrow but we are happy Rafa is back,” said Ten Hag. “He has experience, he knows how to win and will lead us in how to win, he will guide us.”