Erik ten Hag claims standards are different for United but progression is evident

Erik ten Hag is confident about the fact Manchester United have progressed under his tenure but admitted the expectations are higher compared to other clubs.

It’s no surprise why, as the 20-time champions have set the standards across England with a lasting legacy that other clubs are yet to fulfil, even if the recent years have been substandard in M16.

However, things have been looking more promising under Ten Hag, with the Dutchman putting an end to a six-year trophy drought back in February – something that would’ve been high on his agenda when taking the reins last summer.

Another final awaits United in June and a top-four finish is still yet to be confirmed, but this campaign has felt significantly different to past ones. Old Trafford is slowly becoming a fortress again, and supporters are setting their sights on more glory days watching the Reds lift trophies both domestically and in Europe.

Ten Hag on United’s progression

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Ten Hag was quizzed on the ‘question marks’ surrounding United’s progression and how the expectations differ from other teams. He responded (via MUTV): “Expectations are higher here but also we have to acknowledge where we were [in the] last seasons. We have to rebuild and reconstruct and I think we are in that process.

“I think we are in the right direction, you can see that in the way of play, we are more proactive, we’ve won already one trophy, we are in another final. So I think we are in the right direction in this moment.

“We are in the top four and we have to stay there, but of course, we have to get better every day.”

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