Erik ten Hag calls on four Manchester United players to step up to the plate

'We have such characters who can do it.'

Erik ten Hag calls on four Manchester United players to step up to the plate
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Erik ten Hag has called on the leaders in his team to step forward (Picture: Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag has picked out four Manchester United players who he expects to step up and lead the team out of the crisis they are currently facing.

After defeat at FC Copenhagen in midweek the Red Devils are bottom of their Champions League group after four matches, while five defeats in 11 Premier League matches have left them eighth in the top flight.

There is time to turn things around in Europe and domestically but plenty needs to change on the field, which Ten Hag hopes his senior players can help facilitate.

While he wants more from all his players, the Dutchman has picked out Bruno Fernandes, Andre Onana, Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay as players he wants to drag the team out of the mire.

‘We have such characters who can do it,’ Ten Hag told a press conference on Friday. ‘I will mention Andre Onana, Harry, Scott McTominay, who in such moments show leadership.

‘And Bruno, of course. We have enough players with character and personality to step up and lead the team. But it’s also on others to step up. Casemiro and Licha Martinez are not there, so others have to fill in.

‘I think we can step up, but the injuries don’t help us. So often you have to swap the back four and then you don’t get the routine. In such moments, it’s so important to have routines.’

Ten Hag aims to return to winning ways against Luton at Old Trafford on Saturday, but knows it is no guaranteed victory after seeing the Hatters hold Liverpool to a draw last weekend.

‘I think they have had some more good performances and results, so we are fully aware of that,’ Ten Hag said of Luton. ‘In the Premier League there are no easy games and you have to play at your best and your highest levels in every game.

‘So we are fully aware of it and we have to be 100 per cent fully focused on it in the game to win that game.’

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