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Erik ten Hag told to go back to the Eredivisie after complaining about the Premier League schedule

Erik ten Hag told to go back to the Eredivisie after complaining about the Premier League schedule

Richard Keys slammed Erik ten Hag after Manchester United's win over Everton.

Erik ten Hag has ruthlessly been told to go back to the Eredivisie by Richard Keys after the Manchester United manager complained about the Premier League schedule.

Ten Hag took aim at the fixture congestion after Marcus Rashford was forced off injured in their 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday.

The in-form forward hobbled off in the second-half, with the Man United boss bemoaning the scheduling in England's top flight as he referenced the early kick-off having played Newcastle United last Sunday.

But Keys slammed Ten Hag over his schedule complaint and told him to go back to the Netherlands if he doesn't like the slew of fixtures.

"Erik, as regards the scheduling and injuries, it’s the English Premier League," he said on beIN SPORTS.

"If you don’t like it, there is always of course Eredivisie, where you can go and ply your trade."

Despite the quick turnaround, Ten Hag's team beat Everton to secure big three points as they look to qualify for the Champions League.

But the victory came at a price with Rashford suffering an injury blow. He spoke about his star player's injury as he lamented the fixture pile-up.

Asked for an update on the England international, the 53-year-old replied: "I can't say in this moment, you are doctor, maybe?

"I am not. We have to wait, how bad or how good it is. Obviously, he went off with a complaint, now we have to wait, set a diagnosis and we will see.

"Some things you can't avoid but it was avoidable. Why is the Premier League giving us the late Sunday night game [last week vs. Newcastle] and giving us the early Saturday game? I think it's not right."

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He added: "You run the risk, the players can't recover that quickly, we know all research that players need a certain period to recover and it accumulates. So, then you run even more of a risk. It's also part of the schedule that we now find ourselves in this situation and now we can only pray he is not dropping off.

"Not any manager at this stage of the season will rotate so much. I know it's the toughest league, of all the leagues we are in you need a squad to rotate to a certain point.

"But this was avoidable, it was not necessary to set the schedule like we have now. I think another fact is more important than the sporting element like protecting the players. Today we have seen a very entertaining afternoon but players can't do it so often when they're not fresh."

Man United currently occupy fourth spot in the table and face Sevilla in midweek before resuming their league campaign against Nottingham Forest next Sunday.

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Topics: Erik Ten Hag, Football, Manchester United