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Does Erik ten Hag have Manchester United as a Coach?

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When Manchester City and Liverpool’s titanic struggle reached its climax and the slightest margins—one point, 11 millimeters, disputed offsides—counted, both teams may have wondered when United would once again be a factor in their decisions. Under Ole Gunner Solskjaer, there was no worry even at the steepest curve. United still lacked a distinct playing style and relied on moments and individuals to balance out their best phases.

There was no long-term viability, and there was a perception that Solskjaer was too kind, giving the locker room too much leeway, to improve the standards at United. Now that Ten Hag is in charge, there is concern from adversaries. The Dutchman has demonstrated his authority swiftly and without fuss. He is a qualified player developer as well as an appropriate coach.

Although there have been other little and significant examples, his handling of the Cristiano Ronaldo crisis is the most well-known. The coach is aware of the team’s obligations to the media, and recently at Stamford Bridge, he was spotted interacting with a member of the communications staff about what was going on in the mixed zone. No player made a stop at Chelsea, avoiding concerns about the conduct and Ronaldo’s punishment for leaving Old Trafford early and refusing to be replaced against Tottenham.

There can be no mistake that this is Erik ten Hag‘s club, a technical staff member told a reporter in July. To enhance team meetings and analysis input, he had a new audio-visual room at Carrington built, equipped with touch screens. Diogo Dalot, a defender for Manchester United, asserts that under Erik ten Hag, the team is focused on maintaining clean sheets and that recent results may indicate progress. His specifications were so detailed that he asked for tiered seating levels so that everyone in the AV space could see the monitors.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, recruitment has been a department of breathtaking waste. By the summer of 2020, the club will spend more than £1 billion, only to construct a confused team that bears the imprints of four different managers. As director of football, John Murtough’s primary responsibility is to reform the procedures for how United approaches transfers, both in and out, as well as who is involved in the procedure.

Chief scout Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout, head of global scouting, left their positions in April as part of a significant restructuring. Louis van Gaal once referred to Matt Judge, the director of football negotiations, as Ed Woodward’s right hand. Matt Judge also left the room. Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, wants additional attacking options despite his team’s 1-0 victory at Real Sociedad and a second-place finish in their Europa League group. The idea was to simplify the process and put more of an emphasis on future planning and analytics-driven outcomes.

Dominic Jordan, who was hired as United’s first director of data science a year ago, collaborates with strategy executive Chris Chiang to help the team make more informed decisions in all areas, particularly when it comes to player trade. Steve Brown, head of recruitment operations, has the responsibility of combining their results with international scouting reports to determine what the squad will require in the short- to long term.

Ten Hag dominated the market’s commercial activity this summer. He brought in Lisandro Martinez and Antony from his previous team Ajax for a total of £137 million. Christian Eriksen, a former player for the Dutch giants, trained with them at the beginning of the year to improve his fitness.

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Salman Shaikh
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