Ten Hag cautions potential Manchester United recruits about the necessity of handling exceptional levels of pressure.

Erik ten Hag believes that Manchester United is the ultimate club to play for in the world, but only if you possess the confidence to handle the pressure. Despite previous high-profile signings failing to meet expectations, the manager does not believe it will discourage potential targets.
When asked if Donny van de Beek’s struggles would deter players, Ten Hag stated, “That depends on the players and the confidence they have in their abilities. I can guarantee you one thing: the Premier League is tough, and it is even tougher to play for Manchester United. The pressure is always high, and you have to cope with that.”
“If you trust in yourself, then this is the greatest challenge. As a player, this is the ideal club to be at. However, it varies from player to player, specifically based on their character and personality.”
United’s upcoming match against Wigan in the FA Cup is crucial since it is their only realistic chance of winning a trophy this season after their exits from the Carabao Cup and Champions League. A defeat against Wigan, who currently sit 18th in League One, would be a significant setback for United.
Ten Hag expressed his enthusiasm for the cup game, stating, “It is a do-or-die situation, and I love it. We have encountered similar situations this season, so we must be prepared for this match. We need to ensure that we are fully prepared because our opponent will give their all and more. Every team goes above and beyond when facing Manchester United, especially against our team.”
Ten Hag will have André Onana available for the match, as the goalkeeper postponed his trip to the Africa Cup of Nations. Despite Onana’s underwhelming performances, he has played in every minute of the season, leaving Altay Bayindir on the bench. Tom Heaton completes the set of first-team goalkeepers.
“At some point, André will leave,” Ten Hag acknowledged. “We are completely satisfied with our group of goalkeepers. We have full confidence in both of them; they are highly skilled with vast experience at the highest levels. Therefore, we believe that we have adequate backup and genuine competition between the three of them.”

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