Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has explained how Erik ten Hag has managed to change the culture at Old Trafford after his arrival in the summer.
Despite enduring a difficult start to his career with the Reds, losing to Brighton and Brentford on the first two weekends of the campaign, the Reds have been impressive in recent months and are currently the only team in England still competing. on all four fronts.
Ten Hag has a chance to win his first United trophy on Sunday afternoon when the Reds take on Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley. United have not lifted a trophy since winning the Europa League and League Cup in 2017.
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While several players have improved significantly under the Dutchman (Marcus Rashford being the best example), others have seen their minutes drop. Maguire has only played 10 times in the Premier League this term and just 19 times in all competitions.
Despite that, the captain praised the job Ten Hag is doing at Old Trafford as United prepare to face the Magpies in the first national final on the English football calendar.
“His ideas are different to a lot of what we’re used to, I have to say. He was also a defender,” Maguire said. talk SPORT. “This season it has shown that it works and it has worked in the past as well.
“He has brought a philosophy and ideas about how he wants us to play. She will probably tell you that there are still many improvements that we need to make. He is very demanding in everything he does and everything he says.
“Whether it’s on training ground or if you’re doing a passing drill early on and you miss a pass, he’s on you right away and those are the demands he sets. He wants high standards.”
Although the England international has struggled with playing time this season, with Lisandro Martínez and Raphael Varane serving as centre-back, he still spoke of the pride he would take in lifting the Carabao Cup as club captain.
He added: “It will be an incredible moment for me. It is a great honor for a captain of this football club. A true privilege. Ever since I was named captain, it has been a dream to lift my first trophy for this football.” club.
“It’s been a long process, but like I said, we’ve got a long way to go and it’s a great game and I’m not going to think too much about it until the time comes.”