Ten Hag details Man Utd playing demands: We can't just rely on transfer market

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has stated that he wants his side to be “dominating” opponents in the near future.

The Red Devils have made positive progress since ten Hag took over in the summer from interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

However, they are also stumbling in some areas, as they are outside of the top four in the Premier League and will face Barcelona for a place in the Europa League round of 16.

Asked about his aims over the next two years during a Q&A with United fans, ten Hag stated: “I hope that we have developed a way of play.

“It has to be a proactive way, proactive football and that we are dominating and dictating games against all our competitors, so at the highest level. That is a really good challenge, so when you get that style into the squad, also we’ll see that players will develop to higher levels.

“The improvement not only has to come from being successful in the transfer market. That is definitely a part of it, but also it has to come from improvement that we get by coaching. That’s it, by managing, by coaching, by training.”

“We had a good series of games and we played a lot of games after each other,” Ten Hag added.

“I know players are not robots but we were not happy with our performance at Villa Park on Sunday. We made it quite clear in our analysis: it’s not acceptable, it’s never acceptable.

“We have to deliver every game and that is the culture that has to be here. It’s not good. We can’t change that anymore but it’s clear, we want a reaction tomorrow [Thursday, against Villa in the EFL Cup third round] from the team. We want to get back to what I’ve seen over the last couple of months. A change in attitude, a better winning attitude and, tomorrow, we have to bring that on the pitch.”