Ten Hag urges United players to show their ‘nasty’ side while also being smarter.

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Manchester United need a ruthless, aggressive edge to their game. But their players must also become more streetwise and savvy if they are to challenge for the Premier League title again, according to manager Erik ten Hag ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton. United have 23 yellow cards after only seven games this season, with Scott McTominay and. Diogo Dalot both one booking away from suspension, and captain Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes both three times.

“I know nasty, I know what it is – that way, we can progress and sometimes play a little smarter.” “I don’t understand why we have so many bookings,” Ten Hag told reporters on Friday. “We want to play hard and keep the game going… I saw many other bookings that made me wonder, ‘Is that really necessary?’ However, I also take it to the players. I have to remind them to play smart, but they also have to play nasty.

” United were far from convincing in their 3-2 Europa League comeback win over Cypriot minnows. Omonia Nicosia on Thursday, and they travel to Goodison Park needing a quick response to their 6-3 thrashing at the hands of champions and rivals Manchester City. Ten Hag warned that it would take months for United’s players to develop the urgency. Intensity, and mindset required to compete with the best teams on a consistent basis. “It’s a physical thing.” It is psychological also about sustainability,” he added. It is now in high demand in professional football. City clearly set the standard in this regard.

“We saw it against Liverpool and Arsenal, but now we have to do it consistently.” That is what we must strive for right now. However, it will not arrive. Raphael Varane, the center back, will have a late fitness test to determine his availability for Sunday, according to Ten Hag. Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Donny van de Beek are all out. United are sixth in the league with 12 points from seven games. With Everton in 11th place after eight games and on a six-game unbeaten league run.

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