Team news and Mainoo verdict - What Ten Hag said in Manchester United press conference ahead of Brentford

Erik ten Hag spoke to the press on Friday ahead of Man Utd's trip to face Brentford in the Premier League
Erik ten Hag spoke to the press on Friday lunchtimeErik ten Hag spoke to the press on Friday lunchtime
Erik ten Hag spoke to the press on Friday lunchtime

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag spoke to the press on Friday lunchtime as he looked ahead to their weekend clash with Brentford in the Premier League.

United head into the match on the back of their high of beating Liverpool last time out but know they can't take anything for granted against a Brentford side who ran them close earlier in the campaign and famously won 4-0 at home to Ten Hag's side last season.

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The United manager issued some early team news ahead of the trip to London and heaped the praise on Kobbie Mainoo after his starring role on international duty earlier this week.

Here is a look at everything Ten Hag talked about during the press conference:

How was the international break? And how important it is not a false dawn?

"It is clear. It was a wonderful break, it always good when you go on a win to the international break but definitely with such a win. Then players go, international duties, other teams, other playing styles and systems. Now they return we have to get back to where we were. Get them back in our way of play, get them back in our team. Yesterday, we started this process. It is a short slot. We have to be ready for tomorrow, but we will be ready."

Injury latest

"There are players returning, they are back on the pitch they are back in team training. We have one more training now. But it is most likely that we have some players back in the squad."

What did you make of Mainoo for England?

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"I thought he was very good but we are not surprised. We have seen what’s he’s capable of. He can adapt to very high levels.

"We are very happy for him and proud for the academy to bring up such a player. It’s a big compliment for the whole club, and for all the ones who worked with him during his academy time. It’s very good news for Manchester United."

How to keep him grounded amid the hype?

"We have discussed this before. So far he handles it very well. If he crossed the lines, of course, I as manager and we as coaches, we will interfere.

"So far it’s not necessary because he enjoys football and wants to give his best and improve and have fun, play dominant and win the game.

Luke Shaw injury latest?

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"Yes. I expect him back before the end of the season, that is the plan. He is still on schedule on this. He will return to our team."

The 4-0 defeat to Brentford last season?

"It's such a long time ago. We come far from that point and after that we put a marker on the mentality, on the culture, the standards. We have to execute day by day and I think we have made a lot of progress.

Brentford set-piece threat?

"We know that. There are many more teams in the Premier League who are masters of set plays. Also, we have progressed as well. We have to be ready for them, absolutely."

Martinez in the squad vs Brentford?

"Yes, there is a chance."

How much have you missed him?

"We have missed him every game because he brings a composure in the team, a calmness in the team. At the same time, a winning attitude and he can express this very clearly. He can transfer that into the team and that contributes a lot to our levels."

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