Ten Hag insists there's good times ahead with their injury issues subsiding.
He said: "So we know where we are going and we had our setbacks, especially at the start of the season.
"Things went against us with injuries and decisions, and sometimes you find yourselves in such a place.
"You see the character of the team. We're in a better place and on better form. The performances are increasing and we are performing as a team and as individuals.
"You have to be sharp in every game. This league is very competitive and you see it in results this week. Everyone kills everyone.
"Bournemouth, they are also in very good form. We have seen them, a very good side. They have capable players. You have to play your best, everyone is killing everyone."