Arsenal have had a much more impressive start to the season than this time last year, while Man United have taken a turn for the worse.
Mikel Arteta’s side beat Leicester City 4-2 on Saturday to stay at the top of the Premier League table with 6 points. Summer signing Gabriel Jesus made a bold mark at Arsenal. Meanwhile, Man United continued to be empty handed when losing both matches, notably with 4 goals conceded in the first 35 minutes at Brentford Community Stadium.
Ten Hag is having a headache with many problems at Man United.
Erik ten Hag was soon under pressure, and Red Devils fans had reason to express their displeasure. Mikel Arteta and the Gunners are flying high, although admittedly the season has only just begun. And Man United, in the worst case scenario, can look to Arsenal’s approach to transfer.
Earlier in the summer, Arsenal’s technical director Edu was criticized for his drastic decisions. Several unpopular players have been allowed to leave for free, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil. Edu considers the liquidation of such players an investment. And now, things are going very well at Emirates.
Edu has a clear transfer view.
The Old Trafford team showed that they still have many problems to solve, despite the changes in the coaching staff. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick tried to stabilize the dressing room after replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, but failed.
One of the problems at Man United is leaks in the dressing room. Chief executive Richard Arnold announced those responsible have left the club, after a tumultuous summer at Old Trafford, but worries remain.
Premier League legend Alan Shearer has mentioned the leaks surrounding Man United’s asking to buy Marko Arnautovic, but the unrest in the dressing room could be more significant. Ten Hag introduced new rules to limit this type of activity, but reports of unrest in the dressing room were rampant after the loss to Brentford.
The Dutchman said after the loss in London: “I think Man United stands for trophies and that should be the standard. We cannot live with low standards, because then we won’t go back to where I belong.”
The Red Devils have brought Ten Hag 3 recruits, but the strategist’s 2 priority targets, Frenkie de Jong and Antony, have not come to Old Trafford. The opening 2 matches have exposed an unbalanced and cumbersome squad, with Man United’s poor form.