Erik ten Hag was so cautious of the quantity of labor forward of him as Manchester United’s new supervisor that he began preparations for the 2022/23 season early. The Dutchman was within the stands for United’s ultimate match beneath interim head coach Ralf Rangnick – a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Pre-season has allowed ten Hag to implement some new concepts.
United’s summer season tour of Australia and Thailand noticed them declare victories over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace a 2-2 draw in opposition to Aston Villa additionally performed out on Saturday. After all, outcomes solely depend for a lot at this stage, however ten Hag may be happy with a few of the progress his facet has made.
Beneath ten Hag, Manchester United look to be intent on taking part in a possession-based recreation. The previous Ajax supervisor needs his crew to play out from the again with the likes of Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire emboldened to take extra dangers on the ball. Bailly specifically has demonstrated his capacity to hold possession up the pitch.
Maguire has struggled to familiarize yourself with the excessive defensive position ten Hag has applied since taking up. The 29-year-old doesn’t have the restoration tempo to maintain monitor of runners when passes are performed via the traces. That is certainly a priority for ten Hag given Maguire’s standing as membership captain.
It’s early days, however United are taking part in at the next tempo now than they ever did beneath Rangnick or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Fred has impressed with the Brazilian able to zipping passes into teammates. There’s, nevertheless, nonetheless a deficiency within the Manchester United squad in that they lack a midfielder who can carry the ball ahead beneath stress.
This explains why ten Hag is so determined to seize Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona. He can be good for this function with Manchester United additionally eager so as to add some versatility to their midfield unit. The addition of de Jong would permit ten Hag to shift between plenty of completely different tactical recreation plans.
“We play now a unique kind of soccer in opposition to completely different techniques,” ten Hag stated after the 2-2 draw in opposition to Aston Villa. “It can even be the case once we face two Spanish groups. So, once more, a unique method and what we would like is, I feel, to play proactive soccer, we wish to play with initiative, we wish to play attacking soccer but in addition [it’s] what we have now seen right now, for lengthy intervals. However, in the long run, we have now to regulate the sport and that’s what we didn’t do.”
Anthony Martial has absorbed a lot of ten Hag’s concepts with the Frenchman urgent from the entrance and displaying good composure in entrance of purpose by scoring 3 times in 4 video games. Jadon Sancho additionally appears to be like emboldened by the change in administration – he additionally discovered the again of the web 3 times in 4 pre-season outings.
There’s an extended approach to go earlier than Manchester United can take into account themselves among the many Premier