Ten Hag on Martinez, Mainoo and Shaw

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been speaking to the media before Saturday's Premier League match at Brentford.

Here are the main headlines:

  • On how United have managed the pause in their schedule following their dramtic FA Cup win over Liverpool: "It was a wonderful break. It is always good to go with a win into an international break, but definitely such a win. The players go to international duties in other teams and playing styles and systems and now they return and they have to get back where we were, in our way of playing. Yesterday we started this process. It is a short slot and we have to be ready but we will be ready."

  • Lisandro Martinez could be back in contention after eight weeks out: "There is a chance that [Lisandro] Martinez will be in the squad. We missed him every game because he brings a composure and calmness in the team and a winning attitude, which he expresses very clearly in the team and that contributes to our levels."

  • On Luke Shaw's recovery from injury: "I expect him back before the end of the season. He is still on schedule and will return to our team."

  • Ten Hag reserved special praise for Kobbie Mainoo, who made his England debut against Belgium this week: "I thought Mainoo's performance for England was very good but we are not surprised. We have seen that he can adapt very quickly to high levels and it looks very natural to him."

  • Ten Hag also commented on Mainoo's integration into his side: "Good for the academy at Manchester United that they bring a player up so quickly and he goes into England. Also good for all the ones who worked with him when he was coming up. We have discussed this before [his rapid rise] and so far he handles it very well. He just wants to have fun on the pitch. For him, it is fun to be dominant and control games."

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