Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has been told not to rest on his laurels and to demand more from his players after the club’s recent Carabao Cup success..
Mikael Silvestre, a favorite of legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, believes that winning one trophy does not make his team “perfect,” and that he must continue to instill a winning mentality in his players.
The Red Devils ended a six-year wait for silverware with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United in February, with Casemiro and Marcus Rashford scoring the decisive goals..
Their victory at Wembley ended a long run of trophy failure dating back to Jose Mourinho’s tenure, with the Portuguese winning both the FA Cup and the Europa League in the 2016-17 season.
Silvestre knows a thing or two about winning and experience, having played 361 times for the club during his nine-year tenure at Old Trafford, winning the Premier League four times and the Champions League four times under Ferguson before joining Arsenal in 2008.
Now 45 and a pundit, the former defender wants to see Ten Hag’s side progress in the same way that United’s golden generation did, outlining what he needs to do to get the best out of the players..
Winning one trophy does not imply that everything is perfect. That’s exactly what it is. You must maintain your consistency and the standard you have set for yourself “Speaking as an ambassador for Betting Expert, Silvestre told Express Sport.
There is no other option. You cannot [ahead]. There is no way around it. And it gets more difficult when you think you’ve arrived.
You must maintain that pressure in training, games, and among the players; you must be demanding, and the players must perform to the best of their abilities. They’ll be beaten if they don’t.”
Since taking over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick in the summer, Ten Hag has overseen a dramatic transformation at Old Trafford, with hugely positive results.
The big-money signings of Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez have proven to be popular with the fans, while Rashford’s resurgence to score 26 goals in all competitions is arguably the Dutchman’s most eloquent testament to his work.
United were fighting on all four fronts just a fortnight ago, until they were humiliated 7-0 by Liverpool, handing them their worst-ever Premier League defeat.
The devastating triumvirate of Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah, and Cody Gakpo ripped apart ten Hag’s men, scoring six goals between them, prompting the 53-year-old to lash out at his ‘unprofessional’ flops.
The Europa League and FA Cup are still viable trophies to win, but their form has recently deteriorated.
Casemiro’s dismissal in the goalless draw against struggling Southampton has weakened their once-secure position in the top four, with 11 games remaining.
United’s season is in jeopardy now that the Brazilian has been suspended for four games.
However, Silvestre has downplayed concerns about the Liverpool result destabilizing their campaign, and when asked what problems Ten Hag’s squad is facing, the Frenchman stated that they simply need to find consistency.
In my opinion, nothing is wrong with Ten Hag “He went on to say. “As I previously stated, consistency is what it is. In that division, you cannot relax even 1%.
You can lose to anybody. As the most recent results showed, Liverpool defeated Manchester United before losing to Bournemouth. United defeated Barcelona before falling to Liverpool.”