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Man Utd boss Ten Hag: Van de Beek will 'have to work himself back.'

Erik Ten Hag's selection options have grown ahead of Man Utd's Premier League match against West Ham United on Sunday, with Donny van de Beek and Harry Maguire returning from injury.

Manager Erik ten Hag says he is confident Donny van de Beek can find a way back into the Manchester United fold following his recent return from injury.

With Harry Maguire, van de Beek and Cristiano Ronaldo returning to action in United's 3-0 Europa League win over Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday night, Ten Hag now has several options to pick from ahead of their Premier League home game against West Ham on Sunday.

"I was really happy to bring Harry and Donny [on to play against Sheriff], to give them minutes," explained Erik after the win during midweek as reported, "because we need them in the coming weeks.

"He [Donny] is not even one week in training, the same as Harry Maguire... He was long out, so I was happy to give him some minutes because you need to get in the right form.

"But he'll have to work himself back. When you analyse the season so far, then if he was available then he should get his chance," Ten Hag continued.

"Because we need goals and I know Donny is really good in the position to score goals but also he is really good in defence transition."

The Dutchman continued: "Now I have to focus on West Ham United for Sunday, and then we will pick the team to start, but also to have plan B and plan C in the pocket to win that game.

"And that is what we need finally: to win games. And therefore we need not only 11 players, we need the whole squad."

"To develop the team takes time."

Speaking on Man Utd's recent improvement in his press conference on Friday, ten Hag told the media: "To develop the team takes time. You can't go from zero to 100. You have to construct it from the outside, you need development before you go to the top, to the roof.

"Unfortunately it takes time and I don't have time, I'm really the most impatient, but I have to, it's quite clear. Now, I think we're getting better at defending with 11.

"Players are more and more aware of it, that we have to do it with 11. Also our build-up, I think we're improving game to game. Now, we need to do more to develop our attacking game but it's the most difficult part so it takes even more time.

"You can't increase the tempo of that process. I want it but we have to take the time for it."

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