Before Manchester United’s match against Bayern Munich, Erik ten Hag insisted that he does not regret not acquiring Harry Kane for the club.
Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, has stated that he does not regret the club’s decision not to sign Harry Kane this summer.
Ten Hag supported United’s decision to start Rasmus Hojlund, a teenage striker from Denmark, over Harry Kane, who will be out for reve𝚗ge in United’s Champions League Group A opening today (Wednesday).
Harry Maguire’s ιnjury is just the latest setback for Ten Hag, who landed in Bavaria without a full complement of starters Friday night.
United, who has dropped three of its first five Premier League games, arrived with a 21-man roster that included four goalkeepers.
At last night’s press conference in the Allianz Arena, Ten Hag was ready for the inevitable questions concerning Kane.
He was asked if he regretted not bringing in the England captain and he said, “No.” In my opinion, we already have.
With Rasmus, we have found success. He got hurt in the first game. We need to incorporate him into the lineup, as he has already played against Arsenal and started against Brighton. You can tell he has a lot of potential.
Maguire worked out at Carrington on Tuesday but was still too sick to fly to Munich. With Donny van de Beek not on United’s Champions League roster and Antony and Jadon Sancho out, the club is missing nine players.
In other words, “Harry had some complaints and we have to see how bad it is,” as Ten Hag put it. He had completed his training, but he was not yet ready for the road.
“We are always on the verge of ιnjury in professional football.”
The Dutch coach recognized that his club had some work to do in order to compete with one of Europe’s elite teams.
Over the past 19 seasons, Bayern has a 47-2 record in opening group games in the Champions League. In fact, Ten Hag’s Ajax were the last club to win all of their group games at the Allianz Arena in 2018.
You can’t afford to let your mind wander for even a second when playing Bayern, said Ten Hag.
We don’t think it’s necessary to start over. We’re still developing as a team, so you may notice that we play well in some stretches of games and poorly in others.
For the next hour and a half, we’ll need to raise our game to a specific level. That’s what we’re supposed to do.