Ten Hag Backs Man Utd To Cope With Hostile Galatasaray Atmosphere
Erik Ten Hag has backed Manchester United to cope with Galatasaray's hostile atmosphere in their UEFA Champions League encounter on Wednesday.
It promises to be a riveting encounter at the Rams Global Stadium, with Manchester United needing to avoid defeat to have any chance of making the knockout rounds.
The Red Devils are currently bottom of the group, which also has Bayern Munich and FC Copenhagen, with just three points from four games.
Galatasaray won the corresponding fixture 3-2 at Old Trafford and their fans are bent on playing their part to ensure their opponents return to England empty handed.
“We know we can (win away in Europe) and we are confident,” Ten Hag said.
“The last games away from home in the league were also very hostile environments. We played very well. We were very calm and composed.
“This team also last year in Barcelona (in the Europa League did well), so we know how to deal with it and I’m sure it will be tomorrow a confident team on the pitch.”
Manchester United have finished two of their four games so far with ten men after Casemiro was sent off against the Turkish side at Old Trafford and Marcus Rashford saw red against Copenhagen in their last game.
Asked if he will stress to his players to keep their heads and remain disciplined, Ten Hag said: “Absolutely. You have to stay calm in your head and don’t get too emotional. You need the emotions but you have to control it.
“That you don’t give them anything, that you don’t give the referee as well at that moment that they’re going to take, so you have to stay away from such moments.
“We know how to deal with it. You have to play confident and you have to make it your game, so it’s not that important how the opponent is playing.
“It’s important how we are playing, how we are dealing with possession, how we are dealing with out of possession, so normal stuff. We will make a good plan but then, at the end of day, the players have to decide, they have to manage the game.”