Erik ten Hag matchday Q&A ahead of Man Utd v Barcelona in Europa League | 23 February 2023


Old Trafford has become a fortress this season and there have been two magical atmospheres against Barcelona in the past, in 1984 and 2008, that are still talked about by the fans. Have you been told about those special games since joining the club and does that give you extra insight into this fixture at Old Trafford?
“I have seen but I did [only] have a glimpse from those games. But it must have been [magical]. What we want to do is build a new future. We know Barcelona is a big team, it’s a big club, but we are really excited to face them. We really want to go for this challenge. That is all that counts.”

The fans were very pleased to see you and Sir Alex Ferguson out for a meal this week, they are very eagle eyed. What is your relationship like with Sir Alex and how amazing is it that you can speak to the heart and soul and such a legend of the club?
”It’s great. He wants to help the club. It’s his club and you feel it and he feels so committed. He wants us to do well so he will do everything to help us. I’m sure it’s great to talk to him about football but especially, of course, about Manchester United.”

This is such a busy week for the Reds and fans have dreamt about these moments for such a long time. How crucial is it that we just give it our all as we hope for a successful week?
”That is all, go one by one. Tomorrow is first, we need all the energy, all the focus, everything we have to put in, to get the right result. We have to win. When we finish this game, we move on.”


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