Erik ten Hag says he won’t prioritize one battle over another with Manchester United remaining in three races and a tough schedule.
“We approach this game by game, what can we do?” Ten Hag after Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Nottingham Forest. We must win. United, we must win every game.”
United moved into third after beating Steve Cooper’s relegation-threatened Forest at the City Ground.
Both legs of their Europa League quarter-final versus Sevilla preceded the match. United play Seville on Thursday after a 2-2 draw in the first leg. Next Sunday, they play Brighton at Wembley.
“The points are getting more expensive at this period of the season, because they are all finals, they are really battling against relegation, they are giving their lives and this is every opponent, or they go for the top, so you have to really fight and battle for every point,” Ten Hag remarked.
Injuries compound their hectic workload. On Sunday, United lost midfielder Marcel Sabitzer to a groin injury in the warm-up.
“Sabitzer came off in the warm-up, he felt something,” the manager remarked. We won’t know until Monday. However, (Christian) Eriksen on the bench is hardly a disadvantage.
“Last week I had nine fit top defenders, now I have four,” Ten Hag remarked. “We need all our players, we are still in three competitions, we need all the players to form a top team.”
With eight games left, United has 59 Premier League points from 30 games, surpassing last season’s total.
Diogo Dalot, who scored his first Premier League goal in his 100th appearance in all competitions for United on Sunday, says his squad faces a “big week”.
“Two decisive games, we want to be in position to fight for trophies,” he remarked. “Now we can get close to a final and reach one. Hopefully we win both games.”
This season, they won the League Cup in late February.