Pep Guardiola defends Erik ten Hag and reveals the explanation for Manchester United’s problems

Pep Guardiola believes Erik ten Hag will be in trouble if Manchester United do not win the FA Cup, although he believes the problems at Old Trafford are not caused by the manager.

The Manchester City manager has come to the defense of his beleaguered counterpart, who could be at risk of being sacked after a traumatic season, saying Ten Hag has suffered due to United’s extensive injury list.

United recorded their worst Premier League result by finishing eighth, while being knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage, and could lose a second successive FA Cup final to City.

But Guardiola, who knows Ten Hag from their time together at Bayern Munich, objected to the culture in which coaches are branded failures if they do not claim titles, arguing that only one team can win but others can still do so. good.

He said: “At big clubs like United and City, when you don’t win you’re always in trouble. I’d be in trouble if we didn’t win. He’s done a lot of good things, I have a lot of respect for his work. In the past and now in the United I completely agree when I hear you say that they haven’t had a full squad this season and they’ve had a lot of injuries.

“I think this is the most important thing they have to think about because I’m always focused on the fact that we have to be fit, fit, fit; Otherwise, we cannot use the players. They had a lot of problems and when that happens the coach suffers a lot. The template is really good but the problem is when you can’t use them. This is a big disadvantage.

“In our work we have to win. Otherwise you are in danger: no matter what club, your career, new or old, you have to win. Otherwise it happens but the people have to understand, only one wins, only one. Are all the others failures? I do not think. I do not agree with that. Whatever happens this season, I wouldn’t feel like a failure if we don’t win the Premier League and I think Arsenal don’t feel that way because they are performing incredibly well.”

Ten Hag and Guardiola will meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday
Ten Hag and Guardiola will meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday (fake images)

Guardiola’s past with United includes two Champions League final victories during his time at Barcelona and, while City are now the dominant force in Manchester, he underlined his admiration for them.

And he added: “It’s football. This has never happened before in all of history, twice in a row (same FA Cup final). We respect United a lot. It has always been like this since I arrived and throughout history. In the last decade we have been better but, in historical terms, they are the best team in England. So, for that alone, you have to respect them enormously, of course.”

City will be without goalkeeper Ederson on Saturday at Wembley, but Guardiola has no other new injury problems.

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