Every word Erik ten Hag said at Manchester United’s press conference ahead of Arsenal’s friendly

Erik ten Hag will speak to the media ahead of Manchester United’s pre-season friendly against Arsenal on Saturday night.

The team flew out to the US earlier this week as they begin their tour following friendlies against Leeds United and Lyon. They were joined by new signing Andre Onana on Thursday after confirming his £47.72m move from Inter Milan.

The 27-year-old could be in line to make his first appearance for the club at the MetLife Stadium and Ten Hag will no doubt be asked his thoughts on the club’s latest arrival. Jonny Evans also returned to the club on a short-term basis earlier this week and his immediate future could also be interesting.

Tomorrow’s friendly could see the return of several first-team players, with the two opening friendlies mainly consisting of young prospects. The likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Casemiro could all be in line to return.

The first of those three was confirmed as the new United captain on Thursday and tomorrow is his first outing as permanent captain.

Follow everything Ten Hag had to say in his pre-match press conference below:

It’s a wrap!

We’ll be calling time on this press conference blog, but fear not, we’ll still have the daily transfer blog running throughout the evening – which you can findHERE.

Keep an eye on the MEN website for all the reaction and analysis ahead of tomorrow’s pre-season friendly against Arsenal.

Ten Hag challenges Maguire after the captain’s decision

Erik ten Hag has told Harry Maguire to fight for his place in the United team after taking over the captaincy from the 30-year-old last weekend.

Maguire finished last season as the club’s fourth-choice central defender and his role as club captain looked untenable after losing his place in the team.

He has been replaced by Bruno Fernandes and Maguire’s future at the club is now uncertain, but Ten Hag believes the decision could actually benefit the England international and he wants him to fight for his place in the side.

Read the whole story here.

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United could bid De Gea farewell as Ten Hag explains why Onana replaced him

Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to arrange a final farewell for David de Gea at Old Trafford.

De Gea was released by United after 12 years as their number one earlier this month following a series of mistakes in their run-up last season.

United have signed Ten Hag’s former Ajax keeper Andre Onana as De Gea’s replacement in a €55 million deal, while the Spaniard is yet to join a new club.

Ten Hag said it was “the right moment” to let De Gea go.

“I think David had a huge contribution to our performance level last year and result, all the clean sheets he made, but there’s also the team performance. Because we defend with 11, not just the goalkeeper. But it was quite clear that David played a big role, a huge contribution.

Read the whole story here.

Ten Hag gives his view on Greenwood’s future

Erik ten Hag insists the decision on Mason Greenwood’s future will be made by the club, but he has had his say on what he wants to happen to the suspended striker.

Greenwood has not played for United since January 2022 after being arrested on suspicion of rape and assault before being further arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill.

In October 2022 he was charged with attempted rape, control and coercive behavior and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but in February this year prosecutors dropped the charges, citing the withdrawal of a key witness and new material coming to light, meaning there was no longer a “realistic prospect of conviction”.

Read the whole story here.

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Ten Hag gives update on Manchester United striker search in transfer window

Erik ten Hag insists United are doing “everything in our power” to sign a new striker.

United have signed midfielder Mason Mount and goalkeeper Andre Onana for £98.79m, but Ten Hag has repeatedly stressed the need to recruit a new No.9.

Injury-prone Anthony Martial has not taken part in team training so far in pre-season as he recovers from a hamstring tear, and he suffered six separate injuries last season. United did not sign Wout Weghorst after he scored two goals in 31 appearances during his loan spell.

Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund is Ten Hag’s primary target and the United manager held video calls with the 20-year-old last season. United’s director of football John Murtough has also had extensive discussions with Atalanta.

Read the whole story here.

That’s all folks!

That’s it from Erik ten Hag’s press conference before Arsenal!

Stay tuned to the MEN website tonight for all the reactions and analysis from our US writers.

Ten Hag on Greenwood

“It’s a club decision and of course I said my opinions, but it’s a club decision and we have to accept that.”

Ten Hag asked about tomorrow’s ‘friendly’

“We don’t play friendlies.”

Ten Hag on Kane

“I’m not talking about specific players who are under contract at another club.”

A proper send-off for De Gea?

Yes, but he made a great contribution. If it was up to me, David after 545 games and all his contributions and such a long period – what he did is enormous. He is a legend so we have to say goodbye and absolutely with all the fans.

Ten Hag on De Gea

David has made a contribution to our results last year. All the clean sheets he made, but also always a team performance because we defend with 11. It was clear that David played a big role, a huge contribution. But there is a time for every player to leave a club. It was the right moment from our perspective.

Ten Hag on title challenge

We want to win every game and we showed last season that we can beat all the teams. Now we have to do it on a consistent basis, so that’s definitely one of our goals to be more consistent than we want to see.

We want to play at a higher level, raise the bar, raise the demands, then we’ll see. It is strong competition, but we can beat any club.

Ten Hag about Fernandes’ captaincy

Across our squad, we have several leaders. You need a team of managers, team players, specialists and motivating players. All the areas you need to cover. I’m glad we have more than one leader. Bruno will carry the band, but he will have support from others.

Ten Hag to secure a striker

“We will do everything in our power to get the right man in. We know our goals. We will make an effort to get things done.”

Ten Hag on Maguire

Everyone can understand that it is disappointing for a player. It can also work very well for the team and Harry. He is an important player. We have four centre-backs. We must have at least four centre-backs. We are delighted to have Harry in our squad.

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Ten Hag explains why United paid £47m for Onana

Erik ten Hag has said that Andre Onana’s ability on the ball was a factor in him being United’s first-choice goalkeeper target, although he reiterated that his most important job is to prevent the opposition from scoring.

United have officially signed Andre Onana from Inter Milan for €55m (£47.2m)deal and the 27-year-old was the primary target to replace David de Gea, who left the club this month after his contract expired.

Onana is considered to be among the best ball-playing goalkeepers in the world and he is ready to change the style of the team. Ten Hag wants his team to play from the back, which is one reason why Onana was such an appealing target.

Read the whole story here.

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Arsenal team news

Mikel Arteta is yet to speak to the media ahead of the game, but Arsenal played an MLS All-Stars team in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The Gunners won 5-0 and Arteta named a strong side with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba all starting.

New signings Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice all came on in the second half.

Expect another strong line-up tomorrow!

Mikel Arteta faces the press ahead of Arsenal’s pre-season friendly with Manchester United at the MetLife Stadium. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

How will United line up tomorrow?

There will be plenty of fresh faces in the squad tomorrow, with more than a dozen caps available for the first time after missing the opening two friendlies.

Will Andre Onana make his first appearance just 48 hours after being confirmed as a United player? Will Mason Mount get a chance to play with more first team players?

Tell us how YOU think Erik ten Hag should line up tomorrow!

United’s US tour full

Tomorrow’s meeting with the Gunners is the first of three first-team friendlies in the US, while the academy also has a fixture lined up:

  • Arsenal | MetLife Stadium, New Jersey | July 22
  • Wrexham (Reserves) | Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego | July 26
  • Real Madrid | NRG Stadium, Houston | July 27
  • Borussia Dortmund | Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas | 31 July

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag were pictured at Old Trafford last season(Image: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

BREAKING: Alex Telles approaches the Al Nassr movement

Alex Telles is closing in on a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Sevilla and is considered a must-sell by United as he is out of contract next year.

United sources expect Telles to complete a permanent move for around £6m after almost three years at the club. United bought Telles from Porto for £13.8m. in October 2020 and he has played 50 matches.

There is also preliminary interest from Saudi clubs in Eric Bailly, who is not in United manager Erik ten Hag’s plans. Bailly’s deal expires next year and he last played for United in December 2021.

Read the whole story here.

What are we likely to hear about today?

An obvious subject will be Andre Onana, who was officially confirmed as United’s new goalkeeper yesterday.

The 27-year-old flew out to the US yesterday and could be available for his first appearance against Arsenal.

Bruno Fernandes will also be at the center of discussion following his promotion to full-time captain.

Elsewhere, Erik ten Hag will be asked about his returning first team players and how he plans to integrate them.

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The US tour begins…

United’s pre-season tour of the United States kicks off when they face Arsenal tomorrow, following wins over Leeds and Lyon earlier this month.

With the majority of first-team players available, plus another new arrival in Andre Onana, it now really feels like the start of summer preparations.

Arsenal tomorrow are followed by Real Madrid on Thursday and then Borussia Dortmund a week on Monday, while the youngsters face Wrexham on July 26.

Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag.(Image: 2023 Manchester United FC)

Afternoon blush!

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our LIVE press conference blog as Erik ten Hag faces the media ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Arsenal.

We’ll keep you updated with what the Dutchman has to say when he takes to the microphone at 5.30pm UK time.

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