manchester united manager Plum skin Witch stressed the need for counter mental strength and “extraordinary performance”. Southampton while you keep trying and getting Liverpool lose their systems.
This has been a season of advancement under the Dutchman, who was the second manager in Red Devils history to win a major trophy in his first campaign for which he was responsible.
But just a week after that Carabao Cup The final win against Newcastle came in a smashing 7-0 loss to hardcore rivals Liverpool – the club’s heaviest loss of all time.
Ten Hag’s men bounce back with a 4-1 win against Real Betis He’s back in Premier League action for the first time since Thursday’s Europa League draw and now Anfield’s destruction.
When asked if they needed to show mental strength again during their tough Southampton visit on Sunday, Ten Hag replied, “Oh, absolutely.
“We saw Southampton beat Chelsea away two weeks ago, so we need to put on an outstanding performance to beat Southampton on Sunday.
“They’re very close at the bottom, so they’re going to be ahead, they’re going to be aggressive, they’re going to do everything they can to score points here.
“So we need to be 100 percent and give our best performance to beat them.”
United are understandably strong favorites from bookies to win against the relegated Saints, and they also haven’t lost a Premier League home match against Brighton since the season opener.
Ten Hag, however, expect more on their side and have been bothered by their slow start to their last home match of Old Trafford with Leicester as they survived an erratic first half before winning 3-0.
“I think the games were good in the process and we were in the rhythm of each match and planned the game,” Ten Hag said in an effort to balance long-term progress with a busy schedule.
“We have a game plan, we give them feedback, and the feedback usually has improvement points in the form of a game.
“So games are a very good tool to improve the style of play. Every match is a test as a team and individually.”
After Southampton, two more tests will be held before the international break, with the FA Cup quarter-finals at home at Fulham following Thursday’s tour of Sevilla.
United boast three goal bands leading to the return leg of their Europa League last 16 match, which means Ten Hag will definitely tend to turn a bit.
Facundo Pellistri is among those hoping to spend some minutes in Spain after stepping off the bench for the LaLiga team at Old Trafford.
“His performance in practice (on the ground) is an example that deserves his position,” said Ten Hag, after the Uruguayan international joined the club for the fifth time.
“I said the other day that I didn’t choose him for Liverpool and that it wasn’t entirely justified because he trained so well.
“Now that was his starting moment, as he performed longer in practice. What impressed me was that he came and showed up right away.
“Scott (McTominay) and Pelli were 3-1 when they came in, but 4-1 was too big to score an extra goal. They did it right the first time, which was great.”