Transcript of Erik ten Hag press convention earlier than Tour 2023 matches v Wrexham and Actual Madrid

With all respect to Wrexham, what are you able to realistically hope to realize by taking part in a staff of that calibre?
“For us it is an excellent sport as a result of I simply talked about the Academy gamers, so it is an excellent expertise for them and it’ll assist them and can help them to to circulation into the primary staff. And so in that respect, it is an enormous sport. So, actually good opposition. It is within the USA, so that they should journey. It is excellent for his or her schooling. So that they should cope with the stress. Then the stadium is offered out with a implausible atmosphere. The gamers are actually trying ahead to it, the sport is broadcasted so it is implausible expertise for the younger gamers and that we will current this to our younger gamers. So I am actually completely happy that that that we will do this and so nice alternative.”

Taking part in in San Diego tomorrow and Houston on Wednesday. Do you benefit from the journey and getting world publicity to your sport, or is it extra of a ache within the neck?
“No, I attempted to specific within the first query. I believe it’s totally useful whenever you journey collectively for 2 weeks. I cope with the juniors. You get fatigue from it. However within the Premier League and within the Champions League, you’ve got the identical and you must cope with it. The followers anticipate a efficiency. And so now we have to ship. So now we have to be match for that. So the gamers should dwell alongside the correct guidelines to get it in. So after the correct life-style, it is about meals, about sleep, doing the correct issues in coaching, ensuring you’re doing the correct issues in restoration, be sure to have the correct staff spirit after which it’s a actually good expertise.”

Jonny Evans has been across the squad for a short while now. What impression has he made, significantly on the youthful gamers and what are the possibilities of him getting a longer-term deal at United?
I believe he helped us, as you mentioned, youthful gamers, but in addition for the numbers right here. Not the entire internationals have been in after which now we have to handle the load from the gamers. In order that was actually helpful. And Jonny needs to remain match. He needs to nonetheless have a profession. Final week, I believe he performed an excellent sport in opposition to Lyon and you can see how he was mentoring the youthful gamers and I believe he was pushing the youthful gamers to a better degree and that may be actually useful. So I am completely happy, we deliver him now in. He will probably be tomorrow in that sport. So I am completely happy he needs to try this and I believe we assist him as nicely.”

Clearly, with Bruno Fernandes now coming again with the captaincy, what are the added expectations of such a prime participant figuring out his qualities and what are the expectations for that midfield total? Clearly including Mason Mount as nicely…
“The captain shouldn’t be solely carrying the band but in addition ensure that staff retains related and that now we have the correct spirit. You probably have the correct profitable perspective. So, you could have inspirational abilities, you could have the authority, additionally you want sport understanding to switch the foundations and the ideas from the supervisor into the staff. Additionally you’ve got your communication, so that you want quite a lot of abilities. But additionally a captain cannot do it on his personal. And final week I defined how I see staff and also you want extra leaders. And by chance on this squad now we have extra leaders who not solely help, however they will even play their position and to ship the staff in the correct route.”

You talked in regards to the logistics. Are you able to inform us in regards to the completely different groups and when will you go? How does that every one work?
“We’ve been planning this over months, so we’ve recognized already for a very long time the way it has to look. One staff will keep behind right here, I’ll keep right here as nicely, but in addition we deliver a coach and a technical director, Darren Fletcher in. We deliver some extra in, additionally an analyst, some equipment males keep behind to assist the staff, the Below-21s. Travis is the one who’s in cost within the staff. I’ll assist him and help him. After all, Below-21s is all the time part of the primary squad, it’s all the time underneath my supervision. I don’t wish to have a pink line in our membership. Which means we wish to have the ideas and the foundations, it has to go right down to the underside, how we wish to play. We wish to educate, to show gamers within the United method, so it’s simpler to circulation into the first-team squad. This is the reason this journey could be very helpful for us. So there will even be a staff which is able to fly out tomorrow afternoon and put together that sport in opposition to Actual Madrid. After all I’m going [to Houston], however after this sport has completed, I’ll fly over.”

The supervisor then held a brief briefing with journalists in Houston through video hyperlink. The transcript will probably be obtainable in the end.