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Erik ten Hag: Man Utd can beat any opponent

Erik ten Hag: Man Utd can beat any opponent

Erik ten Hag thinks that Manchester United have what it takes to "beat any opponent" in the Premier League.

The Red Devils breathed more life into their push for Champions League qualification with a vital 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday (11.02.24) and Ten Hag believes that the character and skill his team showed prove that they can compete with top teams both home and away.

The United boss said: "I think we can beat any opponent away or home.

"But sometimes away we have to believe it more because then we could have won in Arsenal, where actually we deserved to win.

"We could have won in Liverpool and it’s about belief and I think this team today believed they could win this game and that’s why I think, in the end, you win the game."

The victory moved United to within six points of the top four and Ten Hag stressed that there is a long way to go in the battle for a Champions League spot.

He said: "We have to catch up.

"We are firstly in February, many games to play, but we are returning. But, still, a long way to go and we have to improve our game.

"But, of course, we are pleased that we get a series of wins."

Scott McTominay came off the bench to head in a late winner for United and Ten Hag hailed the midfielder for his contributions as a substitute this season.

He said: "This season, last season as well (McTominay made an impact), so I think he’s an example for many other players nowadays.

"There are not many players who can come from the bench and bring this energy. He’s ready for every minute, always contributing to the team. Football is a team sport and we forget that often.

"But Scott is the example, always giving the spirit, in the week when he is training, doing the right things, working on himself, gives max.

"He’s ready for one minute, he’s ready for 90 minutes, he’s always ready. I think it’s great to have such a player."

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