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The ‘Ten Hag era’ begins: the 10 pending accounts of the new United coach

The ‘Ten Hag era’ at Old Trafford has already begun. The former Ajax coach had been working in the offices for some time -his signing was announced on April 21-, but now, at last, she has ‘dressed short’ over Carrington’s ‘green’ to start ‘inoculating’ the Manchester United footballers with that happy style that led him to win three Leagues, two Cups and a Super Cup in Amsterdam.

He has work ahead of him, yes. In his first session, already with the ball as the protagonist, he could barely count on nine first team players (De Gea, Heaton, Phil Jones, Lindelof, Martial, Rashford, Sancho, Tuanzebe, and Van de Beek) and the young Álvaro Fernández, Alejandro Garnacho, Zidane Iqbal,Charlie Savage, Shola Shoretire and Charlie Wellens.

We then analyze pending accounts what does he have Manchester United’s new manager.

1. Securities drought

The most important… and the most difficult to solve. Manchester United got used to dominating ‘football’ with an ‘iron fist’ in the ‘Sir Alex Ferguson era’. No one has won the Premier League more times (20). Now, however, it is going through a runaway drought. They haven’t won the League since 2013 and, to find their last title, you have to go back to the Europa League won by José Mourinho in 2016-17. Five years have already passed. An eternity.

The problem is not much deeper. It is not that the ‘red devils’ have forgotten to win… it is that they are not even close.So much so that in three of the last seven seasons they have not even managed to qualify for the Champions League and have had to settle for playing in the Europa League. In fact, Ten Hag will start his career at Old Trafford playing the ‘old UEFA’. ‘One and no more’, the former Ajax coach will think.

2. Create a style

Manchester United, since Ferguson’s departure in 2013, has been giving ‘blind shots’. He has tried everything. Up to seven managers have passed through the Old Trafford bench: David Moyes, Ryan Giggs, Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick. Ten Hag will be the eighth. None, however, has managed to perpetuate itself. ‘Solski’ was the one that lasted the longest (almost three years) and Mou had the best percentage of wins (58%) and the most titles (three) he achieved.

I like to have the ball and do damage to the opponent. It’s all about possession, movement, vertical attacking patterns, pressing and wingers moving into the middle to make room for the full-backs. Everyone attacks, everyone defends

Erik ten Hag

The problem is even more serious. None have managed to give Manchester United a defined style. A taboo that Ten Hag intends to end. “Our style is like Pep’s… and he learned it from Cruyff,” he boasts. The former Ajax player, who worked alongside Guardiola at Bayern, is not worth winning. He wants to win by playing well: “I like to have the ball and do damage to the opponent. It’s about possession, movement, vertical attacking patterns, pressing and wingers moving into the middle to make room for the full-backs. Everyone attacks, everyone defends.”

3. Solve the future of Cristiano Ronaldo

The great unknown of Manchester United 2022-23 is, without a doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo. At first it seemed that he had no place in Ten Hag’s plans. “He has one more year on his contract, but it is important to know what he wants and if he wants to stay. It is the decision of both Erik (Ten Hag) and Cristiano”, assured Ralf Rangnick before leaving.

He has one more year on his contract, but it is important to know what he wants and if he wants to stay. It is the decision of both Erik and Cristiano

Ralf Rannick

And just now that it seemed that Ten Hag was willing to make room for Cristiano on the ‘blackboard’… Jorge Mendes offers to Chelsea and Bayern to sign CR7.

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We’ll see what happens, but if he stays, at 36, he should continue to be important. Last season, without going any further, he ended up being crowned ‘top scorer’ and ‘MVP’ for Manchester United. He scored 24 goals, 18 in the League and six in the Champions League. 18 goals in the Premier were, curiously, the same ones he scored in 2008-09, his last campaign at Old Trafford before heading to Real Madrid.

4. Create a safe environment for De Gea

Fans awarded Cristiano Ronaldo the ‘Sir Matt Busby’ award as Manchester United’s 2021-22 MVP… but David de Gea won the ‘Player of the Year’ award, voted by the ‘red devils’ footballers themselves. A news that contains a negative reading: the Spanish meta dressed as a hero again on countless occasions. It was, not in vain, the third goalkeeper in the Premier who made the most saves (124) and the second who avoided the most ‘Expected Goals’ (PSxG-GA): +6.7.

Still, De Gea failed to prevent the collapse of a terribly vulnerable Manchester United. So much so that he closed the course with the worst number of points (58) and goals conceded (57) in the ‘Premier era’. To make matters worse, he conceded the same goals he scored: 57. Since 1990 he has not closed the campaign with a goal average that was not positive. And it is that the defense makes ‘waters’. Varane is a shadow of the footballer who went through Real Madrid and Harry Maguire has been terribly criticized for his poor performances.

5. Sign a ‘brain’: Frenkie de Jong?

Manchester United has become obsessed with collecting ‘stickers’. The proof is that last season He came to have up to seven potential wingers on the squad: Cristiano Ronaldo, Rashford, Sancho, Greenwood, Martial, Lingard and Elanga. Instead, does not have a ‘brain’ who directs the game in midfield since the retirement of Michael Carrick and the goodbye of Paul Scholes.

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The exit of the ball is one of the great ‘defects’ to be solved by Ten Hag. Neither Varane nor Maguire guarantee you a clean start from behind. Neither is there a clear positional pivot or one that is distinguished by its associative capacity. Hence the insistence on signing Frenkie de Jong. Ten Hag already had him under his command at Ajax, which reached the Champions League semifinals in 2018-19. He even placed him as a central defender and he knows the ability of the Barcelona footballer to beat lines with the ball stuck to his foot or filtering passes.

6. Resurrect Van de Beek

Another ‘old acquaintance’ of Ten Hag. Like De Jong, he was capital at Ajax that won the League and Cup and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019. Van de Beek amazed the world with his ability to arrive from the second row. Real Madrid seemed to have him tied… but Manchester United took the ‘cat to water’ after paying 30 million for his services.

Goal by Van de Beek (1-1) in the Netherlands 1-1 Spain

Van de Beek, at Old Trafford, has been a shadow of the footballer who, During his time at Ajax, he scored 41 goals and distributed 34 assists in 175 games. His threat power is completely gone. What’s more, he has become a residual footballer. He has barely played 1,836 minutes spread over 50 games with a very poor balance: two goals and two assists. Last season he closed it on loan at Everton in search of resuscitation, but his numbers did not improve too much either: seven games played, 483′ and one goal. The arrival of Ten Hag, however, has brought her smile back. At his command, at Ajax, he participated in 42 goals in 73 games.

7. Antony’s signing

The signing of Ten Hag sparked rumors about the Ajax players who could take the ‘airlift’ from Amsterdam to Manchester: Timber, Lisandro Martínez… However, The great obsession of the new coach of the ‘red devils’ has a first and last name: Antony Matheus dos Santos (Osasco, 1-24-2000). The former Sao Paulo player arrived at Ajax in 2020 for 15.75 million and, immediately, became a regular: He has played 78 games with Ten Hag in which he has scored 22 goals and provided 20 assists.

Antony, with a mixed Cristiano-Messi celebration, gives Ajax the Clasico

What Ten Hag values ​​most about Antony, in any case, is his ability to intimidate. He is left-handed, but plays on the right, with a changed leg. ‘A la Robben’, to understand us. It is true that he sometimes sins as an individualist, but he is tremendously unbalanced. The negotiations, for now, are stalled. Ajax asks for 80 million to let him out.

8. Recover the best version of Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes landed on his feet at Old Trafford. He arrived from Sporting CP in January 2020 in exchange for 63 million euros and, to paraphrase Andoni Zubizarreta, offered “immediate performance”. In just one year he was proclaimed ‘Player of the Month’ in the Premier League four times. An unprecedented event. “Cantone came to a team that was under pressure to win the Premier [tras 26 años de sequía]. He came and united us all. It was the missing piece of the puzzle. I think that’s what Bruno has done.”came to affirm Paul Ince.

Cantona came and united us all. It was the missing piece of the puzzle. I think that’s what Bruno has done

Paul Ince

The numbers of his first year and a half at Old Trafford They confirmed him as the playmaker with the most ‘punch’ in Europe: 80 games, 40 goals and 25 assists. His numbers from last season are not bad (46 games, 10 goals and 14 assists), but a grayer version of Bruno Fernandes was seen. Perhaps conditioned by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he now has to cohabit on the pitch and in terms of leadership. Ten Hag will have to find his place, either as a midfielder or inside, to once again promote all the ‘futebol’ that he has inside.

Bruno Fernandes’ message to those who criticize Cristiano’s game with Portugal

9. Reactivate to extremes

Manchester United has two of the most promising wingers in Europe in its squad. Or so it seemed: Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. Both, however, come from completing a season to forget. Sancho arrived a year ago as a star after The ‘red devils’ will pay 85 million euros to Borussia Dortmund to ‘repatriate’ the former City player. His first season at Old Trafford, however, has been very poor. He could barely contribute five goals and three assists in 38 games. It has even been left off the Southgate lists.

Goal by Jadon Sancho (0-2) in Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United

Rashford’s case has many more edges. He worries about his physique. And a lot. He played the 2020-21 season with shoulder problems. “He was injected with painkillers. That restricted his flexibility and strength and ended up affecting his speed,” assures ‘Sky Sports’. As if that were not enough, he damaged the ligaments in his right foot. He underwent surgery to correct his shoulder problems a year ago … but the results have not been as expected. Rashford completed his worst season since making his United debut in 2016: he played 32 games, scored five goals and provided two assists. A regular substitute, he has lost his ‘undisputed’ status in England calls, just like Sancho.

Rashford’s goal (1-2) in Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta

10. Exploit the quarry

Ten Hag lands in Manchester with the label of “betting on young people”. At Ajax, little by little, he was promoting – he did not make all of them debut- De Ligt, De Jong, Van de Beek, Timber, Rensch, Gravenberch, Kenneth Taylor…

At Manchester United they trust that he will be able to exploit the talent of the ‘new blood’ that exists in Carrington. The presence of Álvaro Fernández, Alejandro Garnacho, Zidane Iqbal,Charlie Savage, Shola Shoretire and charlie wellens it’s a good sign. Garnacho, without going any further, led the ‘red devils’ team that won the FA Cup under 18 in May with a brace, bringing together 67,492 spectators at ‘El Teatro de los Sueños’.

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