Erik ten Hag prepares to face his most agonizing contrast as Man Utd future looks grim

As Erik ten Hag walked into the Manchester United dressing room, he knew what he wanted to say. He was deeply irritated by decisions players took at key moments in the 4-3 defeat to Chelsea, feeling these were the details on which the game turned. The article delves into the issues plaguing Manchester United under Ten Hag’s management.

[Manchester United Under Chaos]
Ultimately, far too many United matches under Ten Hag devolve into chaos. Most of them seem to start like that, as was the case at Stamford Bridge after just four minutes. If the problem really is players not executing what Ten Hag wants, it is probably more his problem than theirs, at least after two years. A fundamental of the job is literally to make them understand. Instead, nobody seems to really understand what Ten Hag’s system is.

[Liverpool’s Understood Chaos]
The contrast with Sunday’s opposition is all too painfully obvious. Although half the players that Jurgen Klopp regularly puts out have been at Liverpool FC for the same amount of time or less than Ten Hag has been at United, they evidently get the manager’s system. They understand exactly what he wants. It obviously isn’t perfect yet, as so many freewheeling Liverpool games illustrate, but that is where a major difference lies. Klopp’s team try to guide the chaos. Ten Hag’s team are abandoned to it.

[Struggling Momentum]
Man United’s chaotic defeat to Chelsea left their players bereft. The defeat highlighted the issue with seeking to surf momentum in the modern era of football. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became far too dependent on this. It can of course be stirring but is in no way sustainable. It is certainly no substitute for a system that works.

[Uncertainty in Management]
There are two connected reasons why no one can yet say with absolute certainty that Ten Hag will go, though. One is that they don’t yet have their football structure in place. United would ideally have such decisions settled by a chain of expertise that goes through eventual technical director Dan Ashworth and up to chief executive Omar Berrada. With some of the most senior appointments on gardening leave and other key roles still to be filled, though, United still don’t have that clarity of structure. Ten Hag also personally works well with those there.

[Managerial Market Transition]
The manager market is in an interesting place right now, and there are no obvious replacements for Ten Hag. A next generation of managers haven’t had the chance to prove themselves at that elite level, making potential appointments look like punts. Amidst this uncertainty, a lot of different influential voices at United like different options. Sir Dave Brailsford is a big fan of Gareth Southgate. Ratcliffe himself has long been intrigued by Graham Potter. Others think Julian Nagelsmann is worth trying out in a structure that allows him to just coach.

[Liverpool’s Attractive Destination]
Liverpool will also be looking for a new manager this summer, and the club is a much more attractive destination than United. Ruben Amorim is actively interested in the Liverpool job. Old Trafford is currently more attractive than Camp Nou, but perceptions from Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement still linger.

[The Ferguson Legacy]
Liverpool have learned from United’s mistakes and have a more forgiving situation to manage following Klopp’s departure. United, on the other hand, are still struggling to put a sustainable system in place. Klopp has left Liverpool in a better place than Manchester United currently are.

[Historic Rivalry]
The fixture touched on the long line of United-Liverpool games where one team is going for the title and the other must seek satisfaction in trying to stop them. This type of match is very much the standard, rather than any kind of all-or-nothing direct face-off. Even as Liverpool looks to assert its dominance, the rivalry persists with no guarantees of victory on match day.

David Richard

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