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Erik Ten Hag Advises Squad Ahead Of Crucial Champions League Tie With Galatasaray

United is currently at the bottom of Group A and will be eliminated if they fail to win in Turkey…

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Erik ten Hag has advised his Manchester United squad to remain composed in the intense atmosphere of Galatasaray as they strive to stay alive in the Champions League.

VerseSports understands that the team is currently at the bottom of Group A and will be eliminated if they fail to win in Turkey during their second-to-last group match on Wednesday.

Even if they manage to beat Galatasaray and triumph over group leaders Bayern Munich in their final game at Old Trafford, two victories for Copenhagen would result in the Danish team advancing instead of Ten Hag’s squad.

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United, who have won the European championship three times, have never emerged victorious at Galatasaray, having drawn twice and lost once.

During the 1993 encounter, Turkish fans made a lasting impression by warmly welcoming the team with a banner that bore the words “Welcome to Hell,” while some resorted to throwing projectiles and making threatening gestures by drawing their fingers across their throats.

The match ultimately ended in a 0-0 draw, resulting in United’s elimination from Europe due to the away goals rule, following a 3-3 draw in the first leg.

In a pre-match press conference held on Tuesday, Ten Hag expressed his team’s unwavering confidence despite their current predicament and the unwelcoming atmosphere they would face in Istanbul.

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“We know how to deal with it and I’m sure tomorrow it will be a confident team on the pitch,” said the Dutch manager.

“You have to stay calm in your head and don’t get too emotional. You need emotion but you have to control it. Don’t give them anything, or the referee as well.

“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.”

Ten Hag was asked what his plans were “to get out of hell”.

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“We have to make it our game and it’s the history,” he said.

“Obviously Manchester United has a great history, but you can’t take any guarantee from it in the future, so we have to make our own future.

“It’s the past, so tomorrow, it’s about the future. It’s on us.”

Despite their inconsistent results, the United boss claimed that his team had made progress since their unexpected 3-2 loss to Galatasaray at Old Trafford in the beginning of last month.

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Their latest triumph over Everton on Sunday, with a score of 3-0, marked their fifth win in six Premier League games.

“It’s good progress,” he said. “We are stepping up, we are more stable, we are winning games, so definitely there is a big difference from the first time we played them.”

Bruno Fernandes, the captain of United, expressed his excitement to experience the electrifying atmosphere of Galatasaray.

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“The atmosphere will be intense but I think everyone, as a kid, you enjoy and you want to be in these big stadiums with a big atmosphere so you just have to enjoy the challenge,” he said.

Version 1: Fernandes acknowledged the value of Manchester United remaining in the premier European club competition, being fully cognizant of the prestige that accompanies it. He stressed the importance of the team avoiding elimination on Wednesday.

“It’s really important to be in the competition, we want to be in the middle of the best clubs in Europe,” the Portugal midfielder said.

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