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Erik Ten Hag throws an open challenge to Man United players

When asked about what he feels the Man United team needs to be more ‘nasty’ in their matches, Erik ten Hag said: “I know nasty, I know what it is.

“In that manner we can progress sometimes – also play a little bit smarter. Like we have too many bookings. Some, at the start of the Premier League, play tough, but I wonder why we collect so many bookings and I don’t understand.

“Like the first booking against Manchester City last Sunday, I really don’t understand. We want to play tough, we want to keep the game going, and then in the second minute already it’s a booking for Diogo Dalot.

“Clear, it was a foul, but then get booked? Also, I saw many other bookings where I thought ‘is that necessary?’ But also take it to the players. I have to keep reminding them to play smart but they have to play nasty as well.”

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United have become more aggressive under Ten Hag and have been on top of the charts for fouls made as well as yellow cards being picked up by their players.

The Dutchman probably wants his side to be ruthless in their approach to the opposition players and not take it easy at all, which should help the Red Devils become a more hardened unit.

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