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Man Utd have already made ‘big improvement’ under Erik ten Hag

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw believes the team has already taken strides forward during their short time under new manager Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman has been installed at the helm, charged with recovering from United’s worst ever Premier League season and making them competitive again.

The early signs are good, with United winning their first two matches under Ten Hag on their pre-season tour. That included the 4-0 thumping of arch rivals Liverpool in Bangkok before another comfortable victory over Melbourne Victory in Australia.

Speaking on the start to life under the new manager at Man Utd, Shaw could already see the positive changes that have been made.

“We can’t be satisfied anymore with how the team had been going,” he told United’s official website.

“It’s not where the club should be and we know the levels have had to take a massive step in terms of higher intensity and what we’re supposed to be doing and I think from the start of the last two weeks, especially in training, it’s definitely a big improvement. 

“And even in the games, I think you could see things that probably you haven’t seen before, so I think there are things to look forward to.

“I think the manager knows what the team needs and he has his own style and how he wants to manage and all the players have really taken it on board and they’re really enjoying it.

“He is very hands-on and he takes a lot of the sessions. He’s involved a lot and if he sees people aren’t hitting the standards that he wants in training he’ll make sure they know. I think that’s good because he keeps the standards high.”

Listen now to 90min’s Man Utd podcast, The Promised Land. On this edition, Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) & Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) discuss the latest on Christian Eriksen who could be announced as a United player within hours, the latest on Lisandro Martinez, Frenkie de Jong & the club’s friendly victory over Melbourne Victory.

Shaw added: “The manager demands more and we have to be better and better. After the first game he said to the press and he also said it to us as well that there were mistakes made that we need to improve on, not just individually but as a team as well.

“He’s spoken a lot about the team and the structure and the way he wants to play. It’s a lot of details, but details win games and with his philosophy and the way he wants to play, we need to listen.

“It’s really good to have an idea of what the manager wants and it’s down to us to go and show that on the pitch. And like I said, there is still much more to come from us and this is only the start.”


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