“Still in a Position Near Top Four” – Erik Ten Hag Remains Optimistic About Manchester United’s PL Season Despite Being Marred With Injury Woes

Published 11/12/2023, 4:01 AM EST

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Manchester United avoided a major slip-up as they defeated Luton Town 1-0 with a goal from Victor Lindelof. But their chance of a top 4 finish this season is still in doubt. However, Erik ten Hag is not panicking. He remains optimistic that the Red Devils will finish in the top four this season despite their injury problems.

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United had a promising first season under Erik ten Hag as manager. They won the Carabao Cup and also finished in the top 4 last season to bring back Champions League matches to Old Trafford this season. Yet, there have been many hits and misses. But, Erik ten Hag is not worried about their form and remains optimistic about finishing again in the top four after a 1-0 win over Luton Town.

Erik ten Hag is not worried about the top 4 expectations this season

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The Manchester United manager, speaking after a 1-0 win against Luton Town, said,“ Absolutely, even after all the setbacks we dealt with, we are still in a position near the top four. When we start to play well and when we get a team that is set for a couple of weeks and months… also other teams will get their setbacks and drop points. Now we won four of five games in the Premier League, which is good. We are in quite a good position if you see all the trouble we had. We are in a very good position. That is a reason to be optimistic, looking forward to the future and a step up in performances. “

It is clear that ten Hag wants consistent performances from his United team. But, he is also aware that there are injury crises at the moment for the Red Devils stopping that progress.

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Manchester United are also struggling with injuries this season

The Red Devils at the moment are missing Luke Shaw, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, and Tyrell Malacia due to injuries. All of them are long-term absentees at the moment. Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez had played an important role last season in helping United win matches with clean sheets. Sergio Reguillon and Harry Maguire have done well. But, it is clear that the backline is missing Maguire and Argentinian.

Casemiro is also a big miss in the midfield at the moment. The Brazilian provides stability in the midfield every time he plays. This is not the end of the injury list. It is because against Luton Town, Christian Eriksen, and Rasmus Hojlund had to leave the field because of injuries. Any scan results of the injuries will likely arrive in the next 24 hours. Ten Hag will hope that both of them can recover from their injuries in the international break so that the list does not have their names.

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So the big question is will Manchester United finish in the top four next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Anuj Nikhil Virjiani

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Anuj Virjiani is a soccer writer at Essentially Sports. With a fervent passion for the sport, especially the English Premier League, Anuj has meticulously cultivated his expertise in dissecting the game's technical intricacies and strategic nuances, both on and off the field. Anuj's cherished club is, interestingly, Newcastle United, and he has closely followed and analyzed the club's journey through its highs and lows, and enjoyed witnessing their triumphant promotion from the second tier, their recent takeover, and the remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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