Speaking after Man United’s 3-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup, Ten Hag said: “I think we should be satisfied with where we are now given the bumps encountered in the early part of the season.
“We are not yet competitive with Manchester City – and I still see that club as a step too high at the moment.
“I also expect Liverpool to be right back – and I see them, together with City, as the two teams to beat in England. Also, Arsenal are having a super season and are already far ahead in the league.
“We have to battle with Chelsea, Newcastle, and Spurs for the Champions League ticket, so the competition is huge. The club’s aim is to play in the Champions League again. That should always be our goal. If we achieve that, it will feel like our championship.”
United are currently fourth in the Premier League with 31 points – tied with Newcastle who have played a game more.