Team news update and Bournemouth preview - What Erik ten Hag said in Manchester United press conference today

Erik ten Hag speaks during a press conferenceErik ten Hag speaks during a press conference
Erik ten Hag speaks during a press conference
Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag spoke to the press on Friday afternoon ahead of the Premier League trip to face AFC Bournemouth

Erik ten Hag spoke to the press on Friday afternoon ahead of Manchester United's trip to face Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend.

United are back in action when they visit the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening and know they need a much-improved performance from their 2-2 draw with Liverpool last time out.

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Marcus Rashford should be fit to feature in the squad after he limped off last weekend, but Scott McTominay is expected to miss the match after suffering an injury against Chelsea a week ago. There will also be an element of revenge on the cards after Bournemouth secured a famous 3-0 win over United at Old Trafford earlier in the season.

Here is everything Ten Hag had to say ahead of the trip to Bournemouth...

Rashford and McTominay latest

“Scott I don't think so, we have a training training, so we have a day, he will push, he is so keen to be a part of it tomorrow, so it's very questionable. And then Rashford: Rashy trained yesterday, so how he recovered from it today, we have another training today and then we will make a decision on it.”

The centre-back shortage

“Not only centre backs but also left full back position.”

How good has Maguire been

“You have to see it in that perspective. We were always very happy with Harry Maguire but he wants to play. He's a great leader, he's a very good defender, very comfortable on the ball. When I count all of those abilities, on our defending line we have problems, he is even more important to lead that line, to make us play from the back. We are very pleased he is there and we need him to get our results and achieve our targets.”

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The impact of Murtough exit

“I think it's very important that the new ownership is working on this, to replace his function, to go into a new season. For the moment, of course, I miss his support, the surround support, you miss that. He has moved on, we worked very good together, I say thank you to John and wish him all the best for the future.”

How does it impact Ten Hag’s own plans

“No, for me, as I said previously, I work with the new ownership very good, closely together, it doesn't change the way I work here. perfect, still perfect, I am happy with that but we want to set the right conditions to be successful.”

Difficulty of no settled back-four

“It's very difficult, so everyone who has a little (emphasises little with hand gesture) bit of knowledge about football, they know it will affect your results and performances, back four is always the foundation to get result. We till have to win, we know that, others have to take responsibility.”

The last meeting with Bournemouth

"It was after a very good performance against Chelsea in the week. We were mentally not ready for that game. They battled us and we lost the battles. Tomorrow will not be different, that is the way they want to play. They want to fight with you.

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"So you go into that fight, have the conviction, the belief and you need to support each other to win battles, to outplay them, outrun them and defending to match the runs."

Dropping points so often

“Of course it frustrates me and the team as well. The most important part: we get it - to put yourself in a winning position. That was not luck, we did it out of a plan then you have to bring the win over the line, we should act better in such moments, it’s to do with individual, tactical mistakes, it’s not out of overplay, we have to manage certain situations better.”

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