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Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra wants everyone in the club to focus on the present and not what can happen under future manager Erik ten Hag.
Ten Hag, 52, will take over as United boss this summer when interim manager Ralf Rangnick moves aside. The Dutchman has been tasked with bringing the good times back to Old Trafford. He has a a monumental job in front of him after a season that promised a lot but that has not been able to turn on.
Individual brilliance rather than a consistent team has kept the Red Devils challenging for a top-4 spot. But it is unlikely to happen after Arsenal in fourth place with six points and have played one more match.
Rangnick stated after watching his team lose 3-1 to the Gunners that the club’s top-four hopes had disappeared. And thoughts have already gone on what might happen in the low season.
That’s not how Evra sees it, though. And he wants followers to live here and now before they change allegiance to the new boss.
“Dear United fans, people keep asking me the question, ‘what do I think of Ten Hag?’ My answer is really simple, ”he said in a video about Twitter. “Ten Hag is not the present, he is the really near future. Therefore, I want you to focus on the present, even if the present does not look so good.
“We still have four games left for the Champions League places. I know most of you do not believe in our team, but me, I believe. I believe in our team, I believe in this emblem, and I believe in, that history never dies. “
Evra requires player loyalty
A number of Manchester United stars have received criticism this season, especially over the last few months. The performance has been poor, with big name players not reaching the heights.
And Evra, who played 379 games for the club, has only invited players who really care to adorn the Theater of Dreams.
“There’s a lot of negativity around the club, it’s not easy for you, but you have nothing to lose now,” he added. “You can not play under pressure, just give everything.
“For those players who believe, put on that jersey. For those players who do not believe, go and see Rangnick and say, ‘I do not want to play, my season is over.
“That’s the kind of message I want to give you, because that’s where we are. We think about the future, but my philosophy is to focus on the present. If you think about the past, you will live with regret.
“Focus on the present, the present is that we still have a chance with four games left, give it your all.”
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