Ten Hag is back at Bayern Munich with Manchester United, where the Dutchman was in charge of the second team between 2013 and 2015. 'Those were fantastic years,' Ten Hag recalled during the press conference. 'I loved the mentality there. The first year we were champions, and the second season we were unlucky not to get promoted. It was an educational and enjoyable experience.'
Fast forward to the present. Wednesday's match is a clash at the highest level. Harry Maguire, Mason Mount, and Raphaël Varane are injured and will miss out at the Allianz Arena. 'I think since the beginning of last season, I haven't started with what I consider to be the strongest eleven even once. There have always been injuries,' Ten Hag commented.
'Yet, we always got results, except for the current period,' continued the Dutchman. 'I've faced this situation before and have always found a way out. We have to deal with it. We analyze why things happen, but we also have to cope with the consequences and take the next step. That means integrating Rasmus Højlund and Sergio Reguilón.'
United lost three of their five Premier League matches, but according to Ten Hag, there's no need for a reset. 'We are in a process,' he explained. 'In some of the games, we played very well, but often we performed below our level. We need to ensure consistency. Against Bayern, you can't slack off for a second; they have so much individual quality. Sometimes they also leave gaps. We're looking forward to it because we love a challenge.'
The match between Bayern and United kicks off at 9:00 pm on Wednesday.