After 3 consecutive victories in all competitions, Erik ten Hag and his team have somewhat helped make the atmosphere at Old Trafford a little less gloomy. However, the way Manchester United defeated Brentford, Sheffield and Copenhagen cannot make “Red Devils” fans feel secure about their beloved team.
When Manchester United surpassed its opponents, no one cared about the disappointment that Bruno Fernandes, Antony or Marcus Rashford brought. The problem is still there, it’s just obscured by the intoxication of victory. Of course 3 points is 3 points, But a team with ambition will not perform such poor football week after week.
Against Brentford, Manchester United needed 2 goals in stoppage time from Scott McTominay to come back. Meeting the bottom team Sheffield, despite playing poorly, the “Red Devils” still won all 3 points thanks to a flash of light from Diogo Dalot. In the Champions League, if Andre Onana had not excellently blocked the penalty, MU would have had to share points with Copenhagen.
Obviously, after a pivotal season plus spending nearly 200 million in the summer transfer market, Manchester United fans want more. At least a play style with some coherence and cohesion from the players. However, that is a luxury request at Old Trafford at the present time. Rookies like Mason Mount or Rasmus Hojlund have not met the expectations of fans.
Finally, coach Erik ten Hag and his team cannot forever hide behind hard-fought victories when facing Manchester City in round 10 of the Premier League. Despite playing at home, the “Red Devils” are almost completely inferior to their arch-rival. They only played okay for the first 10 minutes, then had to suffer for the remaining time.
Everything collapsed quickly after Erling Haaland’s successful penalty kick in the 26th minute. Since then, “The Citizens” seemed to be playing in a Derby match that should have been difficult and breathtaking until the last seconds. Manchester United hardly had any notable resistance, aside from a few individual efforts from Rasmus Hojlund, Scott McTominay or Marcus Rashford.
After 10 rounds, the home team at Old Trafford lost 5 matches, an extremely bad performance that not many people thought about before this year’s season started. There is still time for the 53-year-old strategist to revive the team, but perhaps he himself does not know what to do. Erik ten Hag needs to find the best solution to bring Manchester United back, instead of blaming the referee or the absence of a few players.
Huy Truong | 14:15 October 30, 2023