Erik ten Hag’s arrival as Manchester United supervisor got here with the caveats of a undertaking, a job that can take a number of years to repair. But the early indicators – together with the pleasant win in opposition to Crystal Palace in Melbourne – are good, not least in assault.
Requirements. These have been plain for all to see from the primary day he walked into Carrington and shook the hand of each employees member he encountered – whether or not that was the worker within the membership store or a few of his star gamers.
Ten Hag’s requirements are notoriously excessive and Jadon Sancho realized shortly in the course of the Thailand leg of this pre-season tour when the Dutchman took him to activity over failing to go to an overlapping full-back in a coaching drill.
‘I look to the participant and I’ve a sure demand,’ Ten Hag defined later.
‘And I’ll inform them, if they’ve capabilities, however it’s important to make investments. It’s not simply when it comes to Jadon, it’s for each participant.
‘I’ll inform each participant what I anticipate of them. I’ve excessive requirements since you are right here, you’re enjoying for Manchester United, then you could carry day by day on the pitch. That’s an expectation I’ve.’
Anthony Martial (left) and Marcus Rashford (proper) look remodeled underneath boss Erik ten Hag
Jadon Sancho (left) is flourishing underneath the Dutchman, who’s placing the concentrate on extensive gamers
Ten Hag is a stickler for self-discipline and that’s serving to to weed out some outdated habits on this group
Self-discipline on and off the pitch is of significant significance for Ten Hag and that’s already translating within the early phases of play.
Anthony Martial, who seemed to be surplus to necessities within the closing days of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and underneath Ralf Rangnick, appears utterly reborn with newfound focus, Sancho is starting to search out the shape that he dazzled with at Borussia Dortmund and Marcus Rashford is smiling once more.
Sancho could solely have one season at United underneath his belt since that transfer from Dortmund however the trio are a captivating instance of how Ten Hag has taken the outdated, spruced it up, and remodeled them again to new.
Sure, it is solely pre-season. Sure, their opponents have put out groups that will not probably, in these carnations, see minutes within the Premier League, however the early indicators are undeniably good.
Martial – who scored United’s opener on the MCG – is an ideal working example.
Rashford appears assured once more extensive on the left and he got here inside to attain in Melbourne
Rashford (proper) is aware of a robust begin this season can get him again in competition with England
The Frenchman mustered only one league objective for United final season – at house in opposition to Everton – earlier than he was shipped out on mortgage to Sevilla the place he was solely forgettable.
Within the eyes of many supporters, Martial was performed for at Outdated Trafford. Neglect his contract working to 2024, the expectation was that Ten Hag would need no a part of a participant that left earlier managers, together with Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, exasperated.
And but the Frenchman has been the jewel on this tour for Ten Hag.
‘I am positive he can come again even higher,’ Ten Hag stated not too long ago of Martial, which is typical of a person who isn’t going to be glad.
‘I believe when he has the proper focus and the proper motivation and he works arduous he may have manufacturing as a result of he is an efficient participant.
‘I say when he has the proper focus and day by day delivers a lot then he may have manufacturing and it is as much as him.’
It is as much as him. Problem. Gauntlet laid down. And up to now Martial has been up for the problem, scoring in all three video games of the tour.
Final season he appeared a shell of the participant his talent can permit him to be on this United staff
Martial (proper) too appeared to have light into insignificance lately with Man United
With no Cristiano Ronaldo on the tour there was an comprehensible sense that Martial was, if something, maintaining the centre ahead seat heat.
And but the 26-year-old is starting to make a case for beginning minutes when the season will get underway in opposition to Brighton.
His link-up play with Rashford and Sancho particularly in opposition to Crystal Palace in Melbourne was elegant. The wonder with an assault consisting of these three gamers is that Ten Hag’s high-intensity model means the tempo is at all times excessive and few can sustain with the speedy United assault.
It’s the link-up play they’re offering one another that seems in stark distinction to what was seen underneath Rangnick, and earlier than then within the case of Martial and Rashford.
Take objectives two and three in opposition to Palace – Martial was on the coronary heart of each.
A superb tackle his chest from Victor Lindelof’s lengthy ball began the transfer for Donny van de Beek to tee up Rashford. Martial then slid a superbly weighted go via for Sancho to go get in on the act.
Martial is way and away the story of United’s pre-season tour however Rashford’s bounceback has him trying like an entire new participant.
Rashford managed simply 5 objectives final season as his type and confidence utterly collapsed. He misplaced his place with England and lots of have begun to rely him out of Gareth Southgate’s plans for Qatar.
The Frenchman has thrived between Rashford and Sancho and Ten Hag is profitable the plaudits
However again with a smile on his face and a spring in his step, Rashford is prepared for an upturn within the upcoming season and that’s all the way down to Ten Hag.
‘It is a recent begin, one thing I am trying ahead to,’ Rashford stated previous to going through Melbourne Victory .
‘The primary two-and-a-half weeks of coaching has been good. We have improved loads and we’re loads fitter than final season.
‘We have now loads of room for enchancment. I am in an excellent place proper now. I am trying ahead to getting extra video games underneath my belt and preparing for the season.’
Talking firstly of July about Ten Hag particularly, he added: ‘It is recent concepts, recent techniques and a brand new character that has been added to the staff.
‘I am trying ahead to working with him but in addition for to offer ourselves time as nicely to suit into what he needs us and to essentially really feel pure doing it.’
Sancho stands out as the most decisive participant in Ten Hag’s system and the early indicators are promising
After which there’s Sancho, the ultimate piece to this three-pronged tempo machine Tern Hag has unleashed on this tour.
Have a look at United’s stats: Three video games. Three wins. Eleven objectives scored. Simply two objectives conceded.
Sancho has been an integral piece in every of these wins and Ten Hag is offering him a platform that Rangnick was unable to final season.
Very first thing that’s apparent is that Sancho appears assured – and he is enjoying prefer it, too.
Largely deployed out on the proper – Sancho carried out greatest final season out on the left – the previous Dortmund winger is utilizing his devastating tempo to full impact and likewise has the standard closing supply that United missed on so many events final season.
Like Rashford he too is out of the England fold proper now however is placing collectively a case if this pre-season type interprets into the season.
Ten Hag’s system is closely reliant on the extensive gamers, giving them the platform to be the decisive items and Sancho can thrive on centre stage.
Three gamers who look completely remodeled. It is early days and it is solely pre-season however new-look United look a distinct beast.