Ten Hag admits frustration over late Man Utd market plans

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag admits he would’ve preferred to get his signings in early.

Asked about his squad still being assembled with pre-season in full swing, the 52-year-old conceded it was not the preparation he envisaged for his side.

“The best and the most perfect situation is when you start pre-season with the squad fully equipped, but most of the time that’s not the fact of football,” he told Sky Sports News.

“So I am realistic and I have to deal with the fact.”

Ten Hag insisted that he is happy with the way his players have responded to his new methods to date.

“Every new season is a new start,” he said. “Of course there is a past, but we don’t have to look back at the past, we have to look into the future.

“Those players have high potential, and when we construct a team, and they take the responsibility for their fitness, I am sure they will perform, and we will get the right results.

“I think it’s always a matter of developing. That’s with experienced players and with younger players. I am a coach, I am not afraid, if players are good enough and are old enough, I will play them.

“We set a high standard, and values, and the team respond to it. We are happy with that.”