Ten Hag created a sensation after Man Utd, who were in a battered state, managed to tame Liverpool. Here are three moves issued by the coach.
Manchester United made a big surprise this week as they beat Liverpool to their first win of the season, nine days after the 4-0 thrashing of Brenfford.
The Red Devils appeared sensational in front of their own supporters. Erik ten Hag’s bet in selecting a different line-up paid off after Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford became the protagonists of the victory.
Liverpool were eyeing a third straight win at Old Trafford, but the Ten Hag boys smashed the Reds defense on a regular basis, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez unable to keep up with Man United’s attacking pace. Liverpool’s only consolation goal was scored by Mohamed Salah, a few minutes before the game finished.
How did ten Hag change Man United in an instant? Goal reviews the three moves issued by the former Ajax tactician to overthrow the eternal rival.
Fight, fight, fight and rise!
How can Man United open the first two games with a painful defeat, especially to have to feel the 4-0 massacre of Brentford? The answer, because the players have not found their confidence under the ten Hag regime.
However, what was shown last night, really showed that Man United is now much more mature and energetic. Ten Hag just succeeded in instilling the mentality of resistance, the mentality of awakening, the desire to fight to the last drop of blood!
Now, it’s just a matter of how the players maintain that mentality and ten Hag must maintain the rhythm of this crucial victory.
Get rid of Maguire and Ronaldo
Getting rid of your team’s captain and top scorer last season is a tough thing to do. However, this is not the case with the ten Hag.
After Maguire and Ronaldo were implicated in the Brentford massacre, ten Hag made a stark change in his preferred starting XI. The coach put Anthony Martial ahead of Roanldo, who only got a chance to appear in the last five minutes.
Meanwhile, Maguire’s performance, which was constantly criticized, was finally parked by ten Hag to then accommodate the duo of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez in the heart of defense. Fans can see for themselves the results when this duo guarded the Man United defence.
Score goals as soon as possible
Ten Hag’s insistence on his students to score first or as soon as possible runs smoothly. Evidently, when Sancho scored a goal in a quarter of an hour, it completely changed the direction of Man United’s game.
Building self-confidence in the early stages of the game is a very fundamental element, because it will strengthen the team’s character instantly. That’s what ten Hag emphasized in this match. Practically, that momentum made Man United successfully add to their advantage in the 53rd minute through Rashfrod’s action before Salah scored a consolation goal nine minutes before the game was over.