Man Utd News: What will Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United revolution look like?

MAnchester United have been faltering for nine years and the Red Devils still haven’t overcome the shock of Sir Alex FergusonDeparture in 2013.

Stability and success brought to the club by the Scottish coach, who at 26 years old went on to win 38 titles. Old Trafford with him.

Over the past decade, United have moved away from the English and European elite that Ferguson put them in.

They lost their identity and did not stop adding sporting failures, fights in their locker room, millionaire engagements with questionable performances and coaches in their training.

Last, Eric Ten Haghe has the difficult task of rebuilding a team of Red Devils that tend to self-destruct.

“At Ajax he has proven to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, known for his team’s attractive attacking football and commitment to young players,” said John Murtaugh, the club’s director of football.

“We were deeply moved in our discussions by his long-term vision to get United back to the level we want to compete at and his determination to do so.”

The Dutchman, who arrives in July and is signed until 2025 with an option for another season, will have to change his position at a United side whose crisis has become chronic.

To put an end to the empty years and establish themselves in the Champions League

The Red Devils have not won a title since 2017 when Jose Mourinho Won the European League in the 2016/17 season Ajax (2-0) in Solna.

This season will be the fifth in a row without a trophy, having won just five titles (the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and two Community Shields) since Ferguson’s departure in 2013.

Drought for a giants who have failed in four of the last eight seasons (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019) to qualify for the Champions League through their league position.

This season they are facing a difficulty: with five games remaining, they are sixth with three points and a game in hand over Tottenham (fourth) and Arsenal (fifth).

There is a 23 point gap between them and Manchester at the top, while the distance from Liverpool even Chelsea widened.

hard work

United’s job is a shattered coach. Since Ferguson’s departure, the “Red Devils” have had seven coaches.

Some are permanent (David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) and others temporary (Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Ralph Rangnick), but none have managed to get the team back on track.

Solskjaer lasted the longest (about three years) and Mo had the best win percentage (58 percent) and most titles (three).

Rangnick barely had 41 per cent of wins and his arrival after the Norwegian was sacked in November changed nothing.

Paul Scholes told BT: “This is United and you have to have the best of the best, not bring in a manager who has trained for two out of the last 10 years. There has to be a great manager to revive this club.”

Now it’s Tin Hag’s turn, who won his four-and-a-half seasons at Ajax twice (on his way to a third), two KNVB Cups and the Johan Cruyff Shield, captivated European football in 2019 when he reached the Champions League semi-finals by knocking out Real Madrid in Round of 16 and Juventus in the quarter-finals.

He gave a trip to “children” like Matisse de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong ….

“It is a great honor to be appointed coach of United and I am very excited about the challenge ahead,” said Ten Hag.

“I know the history of this wonderful club and the passion of the fans and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of achieving the success it deserves.”

Guardiola-like playing style

Ten Hag, who was a defender during his Dutch football career, started off the bench in Go ahead eagles In 2012 he made his way up to the Eredivisie.

However, everything changed when he joined Bayern MunichYouth team in 2013, with Guardiola as coach of the first team.

There, for two years, he coined a “total football” that dazzled the Dutch school ever since it was implemented before Rinus Michaels In the sixties and seventies of the last century as a road map that was not fixed in his life Utrecht and Ajax aspects.

“Does our style resemble Pep’s?” Tin Hag said. “He learned it from Cruyff.”

The new United boss already paid tribute to the City boss in 2019.

“I learned a lot from him. His philosophy is exciting. What he did at Barcelona, ​​Bayern and now at City? It’s unbelievable,” he said.

“He is innovative and inspiring. His offensive and attractive game is also very profitable because he has won so many titles. I am trying to implement that structure in Ajax.”

“I want to have the ball and therefore hurt the opponent. It’s about possession, movement, vertical attack patterns, pressing and moving the wings into the middle to make space for the full-back. Everyone attacks and everyone defends.”

That would be his plan for a United team that has historically been characterized by rapid football transfer and whose recent coaches have not defended possession.

He will go to the “Made in Guardiola” match and he will share a city with him.

What kind of team will he have?

A revolution is coming at Old Trafford. Rangnick has already warned the players.

“Apart from the goal, we have to try to improve the team in all positions,” he said.

“There will be a rebuilding and it will not be enough to sign three or four players.

“The situation is not easy to analyze. For me, it is clear that there will be six, seven, eight or maybe ten new players.

“There are also a lot of players whose contract is going to expire. But before you sign, you need to know how you want to play.”

Rangnick, who will move into an advisory role at the end of the season, outlined the changes to come in the dressing room that has been ‘shaken’ by Captain Benn’s battle. Harry Maguire and Cristiano RonaldoAs revealed by the Daily Mail.

Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, Juanma Mata and Lee Grant They are all out of contract and will leave and other players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailey, Phil Jones, Alex Telles, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford The club could have up to 18 departures, according to Sky Sports.

We’ll see what happens with Donnie Van de BeekOn loan at Everton, which led to stardom at Ajax.

Even the future of Ronaldo, who has one year left on his contract, is up in the air according to the Daily Star.

Another turn of events after another exciting summer in the market and then disappointing on the pitch.

United have signed Raphael Varane (€40m), Jadon Sancho (85) and Carr 7 (15) to “improve” an expensive team that has added in the past decade Pogba (105), Maguire (87), Bruno Fernandes (63), Fred (59). ), Wan-Bissaka (55) … and other players who did not exercise like Romelu Lukaku (84.7) or Angel Di Maria (75).

The group of contracts formed since 2013 for 1.35 billion euros, a figure exceeded only by City (1.5 billion), Barcelona (1.44 billion), Juventus (1.41 billion) and Chelsea (1.38 billion).

United is the worst team to score goals in the top six (48 goals conceded in 33 games).

They have been crushed by City and Liverpool at home (2-0, 5-0) and away (4-1, 4-0), knocked out of all competitions and lacking both leadership and mental strength.

In short, it is a disaster. Gary Neville.

The signing of Anthony (Ajax) will be the first for Ten Hag who has to form a team without players capable of carrying the weight of matches in the midfield and it is in a permanent crisis. It’s a big challenge. revolution.

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