Ten Hag says confidence has surged in Manchester United ahead of facing Southampton… after beating ‘best team in the world’ Liverpool

Eric Ten Hag says confidence has risen in Manchester United after beating “the best team in the world”.

United returned from home defeat to Brighton and humiliation in Brentford to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford last Monday.

Ten Hag wants more of the same against Southampton after beating Liverpool


Ten Hag wants more of the same against Southampton after beating Liverpoolcredit: Getty

Now Ten Hag is asking them to build on that at lunchtime on Saturday in Southampton.

Ten Hag said: “I said before the game that Liverpool, especially last year, is the best football team in the world, and when you beat them you have to give a lot of confidence and it shows.

“The spirit was really good, now it’s even better, it’s obviously one match, we have to build on it more and everyone is aware of that.”

Indeed, the error in Saint Mary and all the good from last Monday is gone.

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So Ten Hag insisted they couldn’t put in another performance as they did at Brentford.

He said: “It’s a tough challenge, I’m really curious, do we learn the lesson from Brentford because that’s going to be more or less the same approach, go, run, fight, fight and we have to make it about our game.

“We need a high level, it’s a requirement for the group and the players, we have to see the reward and match the kicks in and out of possession.”

Ten Hag now wants to see his team dictate their games from off the field as they did on Monday in the Liverpool game.

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He said, “If you want to dictate the game, you want to do it with takeout and take out and the organization has to always be right.

“I think in every game there is pressure on the ball and we intend to play the game.”

New £70m buyout Casemiro could start the game after completing his move from Real Madrid to Manchester United on Monday.

The defensive midfielder trained with the first team during the week although Anthony Martial will be sidelined with a hock problem.

He said: “Casimiro is fit, yes. He did all the training sessions, trained individually and in the last days with the team.

“He came out with an Achilles tendon problem, we have to wait, I can’t tell the prognosis.

“I hope he’s available for the next match.”

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