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Daniel Farke: I want us to play football with courage

11 January 2020

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke has discussed the challenge of facing a Champions League-chasing Manchester United side at Old Trafford on Saturday.

“The plan for Saturday is quite easy – it’s to be as successful as possible,” he said. “We know it’s a huge task.

“The lads were focused after a brilliant away win in the FA Cup. Preston is a tough place to go so to be there with a convincing win was good for the mood. We know Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, fighting for the Champions League, so we know it’s a huge task.

“We travel with confidence and are looking forward to extending our unbeaten run to four games. I want to see bravery, us sticking to our philosophy. We have to be ourselves and not be too impressed by the atmosphere at Old Trafford or the name of the club and its players.

“They have world class players, but I want us to be the protagonists and play football with courage. It would be disrespectful of me, with Norwich in position 20, to speak about the weaknesses of United.

“Everything is possible in football and you can win each match, so we have a chance, as we’ve proven against top class sides this season. We won’t raise the white flag. We will try to beat them or at least get one point, but we’re still full of respect.”

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With the January transfer window open, Farke was also asked at his pre-match press conference about rumours surrounding potential outgoings and incomings.

“There’s no potential for Max Aarons to leave,” he insisted. “I wouldn’t waste energy listening to the rumours. He’s young, 20-years old and has four and a half years left on his contract. It’s not the right time to think about a January move.

“I’d be doubtful of rumours when too many clubs are linked with a player. Three days ago, I heard he’d signed for Bayern Munich! He’s totally in the right place here. He’s played 21 Premier League games so far. Leave him alone and let him play football.

“Dennis Srbeny, Patrick Roberts, Philip Heise and Akin Famewo have left us in recent days. We were already working with a small group. We have possibilities to strengthen our squad, especially in offense. We need a few more options.”

The boss wasn’t too keen too discuss the fact that Emiliano Buendia is currently only behind Kevin De Bruyne in terms of chance creation in the Premier League this season, explaining the important of prioritising team success.

“I’m not interested in individual awards or statistics. The team success is more important. Last season, we had runs of nine or ten wins in a row and I didn’t win the Manager of the Month awards! I was asked if I was annoyed about that but the only thing I’m interested in is the success of the team. It’s good when players have good statistics because it’s a sign they’re in good shape, but I don’t want to praise individuals too much.”

Finally, after Adam Idah scored a hat-trick in last week’s FA Cup tie, the boss was eager to downplay the hype building around the 18-year old.

“Adam is a good option for us. He did alright at Preston in the FA Cup,” Farke said.

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