Ahead of Manchester United’s dreadful derby day defeat, Erik ten Hag has spoken to the club’s official site about the need to learn the lessons and come back stronger in the Europa League on Thursday night.

We played a good opponent, they gave us some lessons but we have to face that we didn’t play well on Sunday. We did that, we took that and then we take the lessons and then we have to do better in the future.

In Europe, it’s always a different approach, but it’s also always difficult. I played before there, in the stadium against an opponent so the ambience, we have to be ready for that. We have to be ready for a team that is well motivated. They play on the front foot. For them, it is the game of their life, so we have to be ready to face that and to play our game and that is one of the lessons from Sunday.

We need to win, and we need two wins but start with one. Always go from game to game. We want to win this group and we want to win every game. That is the standard of Manchester United.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of the game, Ten Hag discussed the need for us to win in Cyprus, and supporters following Manchester United live scores will be looking for Cristiano Ronaldo’s name on the scoresheet after returning to the starting XI.

We have to win every game. Every game, that is our aim. We’ve prepared really proper and we have to step up and set the next step in our development.

Everyone knows how we came in tot he season, when he wasn’t fit, he’s becoming fitter and fitter. He’s coming from international games, so we will see how it will go in the future, how he will go in the cup games, we have a lot of games, in the Premier League, and in the Europa League.

Ten Hag is aware that for the opposition, this will be the biggest game of their career, so he knows the team may need to be patient but also play through a top atmosphere.

To a certain point you need patience, but we also need intensity. You have to find the right balance. When we find the right intensity, I’m sure the opponent cannot follow us. But it will be a good atmosphere, clear.




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