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Man United manager Erik ten Hag REFUSES to comment on the charges facing Man City – insisting it’s for ‘others to deal with’ – with their rivals at risk of a points deduction or even expulsion from the Premier League
Erik ten Hag has refused to be drawn into the financial storm engulfing rivals Manchester City.
City have been charged with more than a hundred breaches of the Premier League’s financial rules between 2009 and 2018, and accused of failing to co-operate with the investigation since it began in December 2018.
Ten Hag was asked about the charges at his press conference to preview Wednesday’s game against Leeds United, but insisted that it was none of his business.
‘No, I don’t have an opinion because I’m not here for financial regulations,’ he said. ‘I am a football manager. I have to stick to that and others have to deal with that.’
An independent commission will now look into the allegations made by the Premier League and if found guilty of the financial breaches, Manchester City could face a host of sanctions including hefty fines, points deductions and even expulsion from the top flight.
Erik ten Hag refused to comment on the financial allegations surrounding Manchester City
The Premier League charged Manchester City with breaching financial rules on Monday
It remains to be seen whether City would also be stripped of their titles. Should this occur, Manchester United may well add another trophy to their illustrious portfolio having finished second behind their neighbours during the 2017-18 campaign under Jose Mourinho.
Ten Hag had more pressing matters on his mind as he looked ahead to back-to-back games against Leeds at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and Elland Road on Sunday.
It’s the Dutchman’s first experience of one of the hottest rivalries in English football, but he’s under no illusion how much it means to both clubs.
‘It’s about the match of the Roses,’ said Ten Hag, showing his knowledge of history. ‘It’s definitely a big game in this part of England, it’s a big game for us. We know we have Manchester City and Liverpool, but for our fans this means so much. Our players are aware of that and know what to do.’
United have the chance to register a 14th win in all competitions at home against managerless Leeds who sacked Jesse Marsch on Monday.
‘Restoring Old Trafford as a fortress was one of Ten Hag’s priorities when he started the job, but he wants his players to be better away from home too.
‘It was one of our aims this season as a part of the process to restore Man United to the (top),’ he added. ‘It’s a part of it. Home is good but in away games we can show even more personality and be more convincing. That’s the next step.
‘We have to make the same personality on the pitch as we have at home. But I’m really happy with the process at home. It’s great to have that connection at Old Trafford, but when we play away a lot of fans are following us.
Bruno Fernandes (L) and Marcus Rashford (R) scored as the Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 2-1
Ten Hag’s side are three points off Manchester City and eight behind league leaders Arsenal
‘Nothing changes, the pitch is the same size. So in that fact, we can grow. We still have steps to make but happy with that as well.’
Ten Hag’s side made the most of Manchester City’s slip-up against Tottenham at the weekend, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 to go within five points of their rivals in second.
Meanwhile, league leaders Arsenal suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Sean Dyche’s Everton, allowing United to climb within eight points of the Premier League summit.
The Dutchman has prospered since the acrimonious exit of Cristiano Ronaldo in December, marshalling United through a purple patch of form to establish his side as outsiders in the title race.
Marcus Rashford, who netted the winner against the Eagles, is enjoying a particularly hot streak at Old Trafford at the moment, scoring an impressive six goals in seven league outings.
Ten Hag will have to deal without star defensive midfielder Casemiro for three domestic matches after Crystal Palace’s trip to Old Trafford, as the Brazilian was shown the first red card of his career following an altercation with Will Hughes.
Casemiro was given his marching orders after grabbing the midfielder by the neck and will subsequently miss United’s double-header against Leeds and clash against Leicester later this month.
Casemiro was shown the first red card of his career after grabbing Will Hughes by the throat
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