Erik ten Hag Effect
The Dutch strategist has brought a new source of motivation to the Man Utd stars. Ten Hag tightened discipline in the dressing room and no individual was spared, including Cristiano Ronaldo.
At the period when Marcus Rashford was in high form, he was still dropped from the starting lineup by Ten Hag in the match against Wolves because he was late for the team meeting.
In addition, Ten Hag also shows tactical marks.
Man Utd under his guidance won the EFL Cup, reached the FA Cup final and won a ticket to UCL.
Rashford is fit and fired again
The English striker received a lot of criticism last season because of the unfortunate missed opportunities. However, this season, Rashford has returned with a superior goal-scoring instinct, scoring 30 goals in all competitions this season.
The class of Lisandro Martinez
Although he was once questioned because of his short stature, the Argentine midfielder brought a bright upgrade to the defense because of his ability to hold the ball and handle situations smoothly.
The good combination between Martinez and Varane made fans gradually forget about the Harry Maguire bomb, when the presence of this pair made the Man Utd captain often sit on the bench.
Home field performance
Man Utd’s results at Old Trafford have been astounding under Ten Hag. They have won 26 games at home this season, a better record than in 2007-08 when they won both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Man Utd have the longest unbeaten streak at home in the Premier League, losing just once, in their season opener against Brighton. And their last home defeat in any competition was against Real Sociedad in the Europa League earlier in September.
Most importantly, the record at Old Trafford has partially offset the disastrous away result. Ten Hag’s side have won 27/57 points from 19 away matches, losing 7 of their 9 matches against top 10 opponents.
Bruno Fernandes has become the almighty hero of Man Utd this season. Sometimes fans will see him play as a defensive midfielder, filling the void Casemiro left due to suspension. But sometimes Bruno also drifts to the wings or takes on the role of a good midfielder.
However, the Red Devils captain still does a good job of creating. He has a total of 16 times contributing to goals, only after Rashford.
Besides, Bruno also showed a leadership role when he always defended his teammates against adverse decisions made by the referee, even sometimes his reaction was a bit excessive.
Man Utd needed a change in midfield when midfield ‘McFred’ showed too many errors and Ten Hag did it when deciding to bring Casemiro to Old Trafford.
Casemiro brought a performance full of experience, blood and certainty. In addition to covering the defense, the Brazilian star also actively contributed to the attacking front.
He has also contributed 11 times to goals, notably a bicycle kick that brought three points for the Reds in the encounter with Bournemouth.
Truong Son | 08:31 May 26, 2023