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The Ten Hag Era: Who Will Shine and Who Will Decline?

The silver lining?

With the departure of Ronaldo seeming to have become a matter of when rather than if. The position that became untouchable during CR7s brief return and for good reason with him topping the Manchester united Goal charts and outdoing what many fans though he could do. Whilst his departure may seem like a problem for both Ten Hag and Manchester United it may be a blessing is disguise

Ronaldo leaving opens up the centre forward role. Making way for two players who will shine this season at Manchester United under Erik Ten Hag.


Martial and Rashford

Both of these players had incredible breakout seasons and flashpoints. Both burst onto the scene providing both goal threat and a unique flair which combined with blistering pace made the pair almost unstoppable.

However in recent times these players have struggled to find form in Manchester. With rashford having struggled with injury and Martial struggle to fit into the ever changing system that each new manager brought.



Rashford and Martial

Rashford and Martial

In order to get the best out of these players rashford has to be played in his favoured position (Left Winger). Playing off the left allows his more creative freedom especially if it is combined with a deeper lying forward who looks to create chances rather than take them himself, One of ronaldo's flaws. With his right foot being his preferred foot playing off the left allow him to cut inside and shoot something he does well and hence why playing him off the right never quite seemed to work.

Martial has a different issue. He needs a manager who is a good 'man- manager'. Under Solskjaer he thrived scoring ever 179.8 minutes whereas under Mourinho he struggled only finding the net every 226.5 minutes. This considerable difference could be put down to the styles the managers had the teams plays but there is something more there. Solskjaer was always good to his players, perhaps a little too nice, Whereas mourinho was, let's say, less than nice! whilst Mourinho's critical interviews may have got the best out of some it put down others causing poor form and this became the case for Martial.

David De Gea

Player of the season the previous year. Regarded as one of the best by many. He has been saving united time and time again. His performances have divided the United fan base with him being praised by many for his ability to stop the seemingly unstoppable but he is criticized by many as his distribution is not at the same level as that of Allison and particularly Ederson.

This season De Gea has saved united from Conceding 9.1 expected goals which is an incredible number and far higher than the other big six teams he faced more shots and is forced to make these saves due to the weakness of the defence. However De gea is often reluctant to leave his line for both crosses and in one versus one situations this costs his team. But his world class shot stopping abilities seems to compensate for this last season

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David De Gea in action

David De Gea in action

In his first ever game under Ten Hag during the Pre-season tour we saw a huge difference in De Gea Playing style. He was confident when coming off his line and made several key interceptions when playing this sweeper keeper role. His distribution showed some signs of improvement but still needs considerable work if he is to challenge the other big six goalies in this aspect of his game. Overall, in only a few weeks with Ten Hag he has begun to eliminate on of his biggest weaknesses. This is a huge positive and why he will thrive under the guidance of Erik Ten Hag


Those who will struggle under Erik Ten Hag

With Erik Ten Hag prefering to employ a system that involves playing out from the back both Aaron Wan Bissaka and Scott mctominay wil struggle.

Aaron wan Bissaka is a solid one on one defender excelling at defensive challenges but his play going forwards lets him down as well as his composure on the ball. With Diago Dalot beginning to break into the team at the end of last season i believe that Wan Bissaka is going to find it hard to maintain his starting place under Ten Hag unless he improves his on the ball ability considerably.

This is similar to McTominay. He rarely makes forward passes and this has earned him the unfortunate nickname amongst some united fans of 'McSideways'. With the arrival of Erikson at old trafford and the other half of 'McFred' out performing him his place in the starting XI looks to be getting ever more out of reach for the Scotsman.

Scott McTominay

Scott McTominay

Alex Telles

A strange Transfer deal to say the least. The only real positive to come out of his arrival was that it the competition made luke shaw go on an excellent run of form. With the arrivals of Tyrell Malacia, Alex telles will get little to no game time with Manchester united.

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