Ten Hag was admonished for being ‘sluggish’

The legendary Paul Merson believes that the new manager of Manchester United is 'lazy' in the transfer process

Man United had a disappointing 2021/22 season, finishing sixth in the Premier League with the lowest score ever. Coach Erik ten Hag was appointed in the hopes of restoring the Red Devils’ former glory. The Dutch strategist’s talent has been confirmed while leading Ajax with a modern football philosophy.

Ten Hag has bolstered his squad with the addition of versatile defender Lisandro Martinez, a former Ajax student. The Dutch captain also wishes to re-join Frenkie de Jong or Antony, two former teammates at Johan Cruyff Aren.


Paul Merson, on the other hand, is not a fan of coaches bringing in old players to new clubs: “I’m not a fan of coaches coming in and buying players from their old clubs – that’s a bit lazy.”


It will be difficult for Lisandro Martinez to compete in both Dutch and English football. It happened with Sebastien Haller, who was fantastic for Ajax but failed to score in the Premier League.

Martinez is a fighter, and I believe the fans will respect him. Martinez has the fighting spirit and the attitude. He adds to the game’s intensity in a positive way. That, I believe, is required. Martinez, on the other hand, is very skilled, can handle the ball, and is left-footed.”

Ten Hag has just settled a minor squabble at Manchester United.

After clashing in May, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag appears to have made the final decision on the futures of Alex Telles and Hannibal Mejbri.

Telles and teen star Hannibal Mejbri were separated by teammates after a fight in Carrington following Man United’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Brighton in the season’s penultimate game. Ralf Rangnick, the M.U. coach at the time, was so disappointed by this incident that he ended the training session early. Ten Hag took over at United after Rangnick left, inheriting the problem, but the Dutchman was clear about his solution from the start.


Ten Hag’s strategy is to get rid of Telles while keeping Mejbri at United, and the left-back is now on the verge of signing a year-long loan deal with Sevilla, where Anthony Martial spent last season.

Telles joined United in 2020 for £15.4 million from Porto, but struggled to find a place at left-back as Luke Shaw overshadowed him during Telles’ two seasons at the club.

Telles’ situation has been complicated by the Reds’ recent acquisition of Tyrell Malacia, who has started only one of United’s six preseason friendlies this summer. He’ll be looking to make an impression in Spain in order to catch the attention of the big teams.

Meanwhile, Mejbri appears to have secured his future and has recently pledged to devote himself this season to helping United turn the tide following a disastrous season: “I only speak for myself. ‘Oh, I need to work hard!’ I thought to myself. I came to show the world that a young Parisian can come here and express himself. I was willing to take any risk to get there. United’s success”


This isn’t the only issue Ten Hag has faced since taking over as Man United’s manager. Cristiano Ronaldo sparked outrage when he announced his desire to join a club competing in the Champions League. Ten Hag has yet to fully resolve this issue, and Ronaldo is expected to be on the bench for Manchester United’s season opener against Brighton this weekend.

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