Manchester United eager to compete with the best: Ten Hag

United will face Chelsea on Thursday at Old Trafford

By Web Desk
May 24, 2023
Ten Hag speaks during a press conference — AFP

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has opened up about competing in the prestigious UEFA Champions League (UCL).

United will face Chelsea on Thursday at Old Trafford with the hosts needing just one point to secure their spot in next season’s UCL.

“We want to compete with the best and be in the Champions League. In the Premier League, you have to be one of the first four, that's not easy, many are competing for it, many think they should be in and we are one of them,” Ten Hag said at a press conference on Wednesday.

"First, we have to win the game tomorrow and get the job done. Then it's about judgement from others if it's a good, bad or normal performance. We are in a project, we want to go back and win trophies, we win one trophy but we want more trophies, compete with the best, we are still in a journey but we think we are in the right direction but it can always be better. Because good is not good enough,” he added.

Ten Hag also provided an injury update on striker Marcus Rashford, who was out of action last weekend due to illness.

"It looks like. Yesterday, he [Rashford] returned to training, he looks quite fit but we have to see today what is the outcome of the training, how did we recover and then we will make our choices,” he said.

United are currently in fourth place on the Premier League table with 69 points after 36 games. Their final fixture in the league is against Fulham, who are in 10th place, on May 28.

The Red Devils will also face Premier League champions and rivals Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup on June 3 at the Wembley stadium.