Things Ten Hag did incorrectly when Man United lost

The setback suffered by Manchester United exposed various issues with the new captain, Erik ten Hag

1. Avoid using Ronaldo in the first place.

Cristiano Ronaldo did not deserve to play in the first place, based on his recent behavior. However, Erik ten Hag’s team required a spearhead in the third half of the pitch, which Ronaldo could provide.


Whether Ronaldo has a future at Old Trafford or not, Ten Hag still requires CR7’s ability to score goals until Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial instill enough confidence.

In addition to scoring, Ronaldo’s ability to exploit space and position himself is advantageous.

2. How does it work in midfield?

Christian Eriksen’s appearance as the virtual number 9 was one of the match’s biggest surprises. Eriksen, in fact, takes on more versatile roles and can drop deep to help build the ball.

Bruno Fernandes, who is supposed to kick number 10, exhibits erratic behavior. Meanwhile, the central midfield duo of Fred and Scott McTominay rose strangely, creating space behind them for Brighton to exploit.


Ten Hag is a coach who values tactical flexibility and expects his players, particularly his midfielders, to move around. However, with only one leading Man United, the club’s midfielders will find it difficult to meet the Dutch teacher’s intentions.

Man United will eventually adapt to a more complex midfield system, but that cannot happen right now.

3. Avoid purchasing defensive midfielders.

Against Brighton, Fred and McTominay displayed limited defense. It is often the couple’s inadequacy that takes precedence over becoming partners in the center circle.


Throughout the summer, however, Ten Hag has primarily focused on pursuing Frenkie de Jong, a commanding midfielder. Ten Hag needs a new midfield target if the Reds need a midfielder who is good at intercepting, physically strong, and ready to stand in the right position to support the back four.

It is a difficult problem to solve because the market lacks a high-level defensive midfielder for Man United to sign. Declan Rice for 100 million pounds from West Ham United is far too high.


While everyone was talking about how Ten Hag was well on his way to turning the Red Devils into an interesting, pressing team, Brighton showed them exactly how to do it in practice. Brighton played flawless football, consistently dividing United’s three lines, and earned three well-deserved points.

Pascal Gross scored twice in the first half to help teachers and coaches Graham Potter lead Man Utd 2-0. The outcome astounded the audience at the Theater of Dreams.

Following positive pre-season results, the former Ajax manager quickly realized the difference between life in the Premier League and the rebuilding task he faced.

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