Erik ten Hag: Never Fielded Best XI at Man Utd, No Regrets Over Kane, Focused on Hojlund’s Potential

By Xorkpe Sosu 3 Min Read

Erik ten Hag has expressed his ongoing struggle to field his strongest Manchester United lineup.

The team has grappled with a series of setbacks, including an injury crisis that sidelined key players like Mason Mount and Raphael Varane.

While there is hope for the return of Mount and Varane, who have resumed training and may feature in the upcoming match against Burnley, Ten Hag still faces a shortage of players, especially in the defensive department.

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The recent addition of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to the injury list compounds the team’s woes, joining Luke Shaw and Sofyan Amrabat on the treatment table.

Additionally, summer signing Rasmus Hojlund has also faced his share of time on the sidelines.

Ten Hag has acknowledged that these injury issues are just the latest in a series of setbacks he has encountered since taking the helm at Manchester United.

Ten Hag has additionally grappled with a series of off-field challenges since assuming his role, including the fallout from the Cristiano Ronaldo situation last season.

Subsequently, he made the decision to strip Harry Maguire of the captaincy at Manchester United. Furthermore, Jadon Sancho was excluded from training following his criticisms of the Dutchman, alleging that he had been unfairly targeted for the team’s poor results.

The situation escalated when Antony was removed from first-team training while police investigate allegations of assault against his ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin.

As a consequence of these ongoing issues, Manchester United faces Bayern Munich with a significantly depleted squad, and the pressure on Ten Hag continues to intensify.

When questioned about any regrets regarding not signing Harry Kane, the Dutchman provided a concise response, saying, ‘No.’

“I’m happy with Rasmus, obviously the first games he was injured, he played against Arsenal, he had a start. 

“Of course we have to integrate him in the team but you can see he’s a big talent, he will contribute to our game, we are quite confident of that.”

Rasmus Hojlund, the Danish striker, arrives at Manchester United with an impressive reputation, having netted six goals in eight appearances for his national team.

While Hojlund is younger and comes at a more affordable price than Kane, he is understandably less established than England’s top scorer.

When this comparison was raised ahead of the Bayern match, Ten Hag referred to previous discussions on the matter during pre-season in San Diego, indicating that there was no need to revisit that particular debate.

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