Five things Erik ten Hag must look into upon his arrival at Old Trafford
It’s a challenge that, for the most part, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have failed to meet, while the interim manager Ralf Rangnick has failed to deliver a turnaround in fortunes this campaign.
If Dutch tactician is to compete with Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea, he will need to make major changes across the club, which will take years for it to take effect.
But what of the next summer and the 52-year-old’s urgent concerns? We’ve looked at the immediate issues ten Hag will face & must deal with upon arrival at United.
Some of this will be dealt with before ten Hag comes, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, and Juan Mata all set to leave on a bosman dea, while Nemanja Matic has already indicated he’ll be leaving at the end of the season.
But the exits from the Red Devils are far from over, as a number of players have been linked with transfers away from the club this season.
Assessing the team
Once ten Hag has determines who he wants to keep, the focus will shift to his recruiting intentions, with Rangnick saying in midweek that the current United side could need up to ten new additions.
Antony and Jurrien Timber have been linked with a move away from Ajax, but ten Hag will be scouring the world for new players to his team.
With the Red Devils short of options and already expecting Matic’s exit, the midfield appears to be the area that will require the most urgent improvement.
Changes in culture
Manchester United were lacklustre and uninspiring in their loss to Liverpool on Tuesday, and Gary Neville complained after the game about the club granting stars ‘god-like status.’
If United is to challenge at the top of the Premier League once more, this must stop. Ten Hag must figure out how to bring this diverse bunch of people together as a cohesive unit.
There’s a lot of fear and frustration in this group, but the next United leader needs to replace that with faith and courage. In the six weeks between taking over and the start of the new season, it won’t be easy.
Making a strong first impression
As previously said, United’s current team is full of egos and self-serving players who have previously failed to listen to the coach.
For ten Hag, making a good first impression is crucial, and he’ll need to get the players’ support while also altering the status quo and dishing out some hard facts.
Ten Hag will have to figure out a means to get his tactical instructions to the first-team group while choosing who is coming and departing from Old Trafford.
Rangnick’s methods haven’t worked for the squad, and Solskjaer’s ideas appear to be less defined. However, ten Hag has certain guidelines for how he wants his squad to play, and the Dutchman will need a lot of practice time to get his thoughts over.