Erik ten Hag has challenged the young players in Manchester United’s squad to make an impression during a “fantastic” opportunity at the club’s training camp in Spain.
United are among a number of Premier League sides to have travelled abroad for mid-season training camps during the World Cup, where several of Ten Hag’s players continue to represent their nations.
A total of 12 United men remain in Qatar ahead of the quarter-finals, with a short turnaround before the Premier League season resumes later this month likely to result in line-up changes for Ten Hag.
The Dutch boss believes it presents a unique opportunity for the less experienced players in his ranks, who could make an impression during the training period ahead of those initial post-World Cup matches.
“We have a lot of young players with us and they have to support us – they can show us what they have to offer, what their capabilities are and what their potential is and if you can use them, if they have a future,” he told MUTV.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for them. Normally we don’t have this break and now we have this break.
“Many players are at the World Cup, so there are positions available and they can get used in these positions.
“They can show themselves and they can challenge players who play in the Premier League [games], so it’s fantastic for them.”
United return to action on December 21 against Burnley in the EFL Cup and then face Nottingham Forest in the Premier League six days later.
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