Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, is optimistic he can demonstrate his success at the organization despite acknowledging the difficulty of the task.

Ten Hag succeeded Ralf Rangnick as interim manager at the conclusion of the last campaign, but the former Ajax coach has watched his team lose their first two Premier League games.

On August 7, Brighton and Hove Albion earned their first-ever victory at Old Trafford, and six days later, United suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss at Brentford.

Liverpool will be at Old Trafford on Monday, with Ten Hag looking to avoid becoming the second United manager to lose each of his first three games in charge of the club in all competitions, after John Chapman in 1921.

The Dutchman is sure, however, that he will be a successful United boss.

“I’m not here for myself, I’m here for the club and to restore the club,” Ten Hag said in a news conference.

“I knew before this is a challenge and I wanted this challenge.

“I knew before it was going to be hard but I wanted that because in my career, everywhere I started, the start was difficult but I get it done, and I’m convinced I get it done here as well.”

Having questioned the attitude of his players following the humiliation at Brentford, Ten Hag stressed that he also counts himself among that crticism.

“Don’t get me wrong, when I talk about players and I want to emphasize that, I’m in the same boat as well,” he said.

“When we are not in the right attitude, I’m not as well. We win together, we lose together. That cannot happen. It’s a signal, we don’t have to make it bigger.

“I think it’s now a real big story, but that’s not necessary because again, it’s the first, the first occasion that it’s happened “he said.


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