‘The owners want to win’ – Man Utd boss Ten Hag discusses Glazer protests and Ronaldo’s future
Erik ten Hag has called for unity in the face of planned anti-Glazer protests by Manchester United fans – insisting the hated US owners want the club to succeed. Furious fans plan to vent their anger with protests ahead of Monday’s clash with Liverpool.
But Ten Hag insists the whole club must pull together if they are to reverse their disastrous start to the season.
Ten Hag on glaziers:
I can only say that the owners want to win and the fans, we want them behind the club. I can sometimes understand (the anger) – but I’m not that long in the club to see the whole context.
We must fight together and be united. #mufc
—James Robson (@jamesalanrobson) August 19, 2022
United fans have been mounting calls for the Glazer family to sell after back-to-back defeats left them bottom of the table after two weeks of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign.
The #EmptyOldTrafford message has been shared on social media, with supporters planning to show their anger ahead of the encounter with Liverpool’s fiercest rivals.
But Ten Hag risked a backlash, saying: “I can only say that the owners want to win and the fans, we want them behind the club.
“I can understand sometimes (the anger) but I’m not that long at the club to see the whole context. We have to fight together and be united.”
There is growing belief that the Glazers are ready to sell, with billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe confirming his intention to buy them out.
Pressure on glaziers
As well as the disastrous start to the season, fans are furious at United’s lack of transfer activity this summer.
But Ten Hag is close to completing the signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid, with the Brazil international making clear his intention to move to Old Trafford in a deal worth around £51million ($60 million) plus add-ons.
Ten Hag hasn’t confirmed the 30-year-old’s imminent arrival.
The United manager was also unclear on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, with the club now ready to listen to offers from the starving Portuguese legend.
“He’s in our plans, that’s what I can say,” said the Dutchman, who added there was an unfair focus on Ronaldo after last week’s 4-0 loss to Brentford.
“I don’t know why he is particularly focused after Saturday. It was the performance of the team, the attitude of the whole team, including Ronaldo.”
Ten Hag’s demands
Ten Hag canceled United’s day off on Sunday, in response to the performance at Brentford.
And he made it clear he wouldn’t accept another performance against Liverpool.
“It starts with yourself,” he said. “Act as a team, follow rules and principles and work hard, as hard as you can and if you do, you can gain confidence.
“Each match is different, a different approach, a different philosophy but the plan will be the same.
“Obviously a lot of things have gone wrong, but we don’t have to talk about anything when the attitude is not the right one.
“First I watch it myself and make a clear analysis. I take note of some reviews. Some are really good, good advice, but also some are not so good.
“We work game by game, and Liverpool, obviously, we know what happens when we play against Liverpool. You have to be ready and fight in the season.