05.05.2022 » Changes Ten Hag should make for success at Manchester United
Erik ten Hag decided to embrace a new adventure in his life and already announced he will be moving from Ajax to Manchester United at the end of the season. The Dutch manager will work at one of the biggest clubs in the world, but in terms of its current football level, the truth is that United is far from being one of the strongest clubs in Europe these days. Cristiano Ronaldo's future at the club is still uncertain and despite the great amount of goals the Portuguese scored this season, many still doubt if the former Real Madrid will remain in Manchester after this summer. If Ten Hag does want to write a success story at Cristiano Ronaldo's current team, he must at least change a few things within the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Erik Ten Hag beautiful football:
Not only are the results very disappointing this season, but the playing style should also not be overlooked. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United seemed to go on the field completely without plan, while his successor, Ralf Rangnick, tried to improve mostly the team's pressing football. There is, however, nothing to be seen of that promised miracle football. United simply do not look like a pressing machine at all. Erik ten Hag should change this!
What is most obvious is that he has to make a lot of changes in the squad. The current team has shown that it no longer has the right drive and a team without motivation almost never performs. Time for Ten Hag to intervene rigorously and show boys like Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Harry Maguire the door so that they can start with a clean slate, just like you do when getting a new car insurance, called autoverzekering afsluiten in Dutch.
Build around Fernandes
What is most important for Ten Hag is that he understands who his defining players are. After Bruno Fernandes moved to United in the winter of 2020, he led the team for a year and a half. Since last summer, United has been much more about Ronaldo and Fernandes only plays a supporting role. Hopefully Ten Hag sees who the real star of United should be and builds his team around Fernandes, instead of fitting him into a mess of glorified stars.
According to the English medium The Daily Mail, there are many subcutaneous tensions between the players themselves. "The toxic atmosphere in the dressing room needs to be addressed because this is a disgrace for a club like United." Manchester United is in a negative spiral and does not seem to be coming out. The question is whether this is Ten Hag's strength, but it will in any case be one of his biggest challenges...
What might suit Ten Hag more, is that he will be responsible for the summer transfers in consultation with Ralf Rangnick. United have enough money to invest heavily and so it is important to attract the right players. The purchase of Bruno Fernandes in 2020 proved that one or two good players can make all the difference. United have not been very fortunate in the big signings in recent years, however, with players such as Angel Di Maria, Harry Maguire, and Paul Pogba standing out on that list.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Manchester United is on May 7, against Brighton Hove Albion. You can watch Brighton vs Manchester United, Inter vs Empoli, Betis vs Barcelona, Chelsea vs Wolverhampton, Liverpool vs Tottenham, and Genoa vs Juventus, all matches provided from our soccer live game pages.
Manchester United next game:
Brighton vs Manchester United kick-off time (07-05-2022):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 00:30
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 23:30
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 22:00
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:30
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:30
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 17:30
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 13:30
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 12:30
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 09:30