Erik Ten Hag is the man who will bring much-needed success back to Manchester United - and he’ll win the league on the tenth anniversary of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
The Dutchman has got off to a flying start in United’s pre-season campaign with convincing wins over Liverpool and Crystal Palace in Australia. After their dismal campaign last season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Ragnick, the Red Devils seem to be back to their best and now have to be considered serious contenders for the Premier League trophy at the end of next season.
Man Utd finished last season with a points tally of 58, its lowest ever in the Premier League, and suffered heavy defeats to Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City, and even Brighton. New signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane failed to gel whilst Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, and Fred were all maligned for their dreadful performances in midfield.
The only highlights from last season came courtesy of legends David De Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo - whose respective performances likely stopped United from finishing in the bottom half of the table. Facing criticism that United was a ‘finished’ club, dark clouds soon started to form over the Theater of Dreams as fans had to endure a fifth calendar year without a trophy.
Ten Hag The Saviour
The great English club needed a saviour to come in - enter Erik Ten Haag. Acclaimed for his work at Ajax, the Dutchman has entered Old Trafford at a pivotal time in their great history. With United facing a tenth year without a league title and the English national team only months away from an inevitable World Cup win, Ten Haag has a substantial job on his hands to turn his English players into the serial-winners we all know they have the potential of being.
With Liverpool splashing the cash on unproven strikers and Man City potentially breaking the bank for a Brighton full-back, Ten Haag’s men have a great chance of pipping their closest rivals to the league title and reclaiming United’s dominance on the world stage. It would be a fitting victory if England’s biggest, most illustrious club won its domestic league the same year the national team tasted glory. After a historic year that saw the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the writing is truly on the wall for both United and the England national team.
Erik Ten Hag won’t be without his critics, however, and the pressures of the United job will most likely be felt by him. Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal have all strengthened in this transfer window and some say the race for top-four will be even more intense than last season.
Critics also point to the quality of the Eredivisie in comparison the the Premier League and argue that Ten Hag’s style of play is only possible if his team fields players far superior to other squads. Whilst I agree that the Premier League is the crème de la crème of global football, I have significant faith in the Dutchman to deliver the goods at Old Trafford and turn his team’s already-good players into truly great ones.
United fans won’t like me saying this, but I think the Glazers were incredibly smart to appoint Erik Ten Hag at this time. I truly believe he’s the man to lead the great club back to their perch and remind the rest of the league just who’s boss.
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