Erik ten Hag has already started to show that Manchester United owners were not wrong in giving him the managerial position at Old Trafford after letting off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It’s fair to say that there were a few surprises when Manchester United’s Twitter account announced Erik ten Hag’s starting lineup one hour before the start of Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 triumph over Arsenal.
On Sunday afternoon, Erik ten Hag oversaw his team’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Arsenal.
Under Erik ten Hag, Manchester United is starting to gel. On Sunday, the Red Devils upset Arsenal, the latest team they had beaten. Marcus Rashford scored a brace and Antony scored on his debut to give the Red Devils all three points. Now it will be up to the squad to keep becoming better.
The goal of Manchester United’s match versus Arsenal was to break the Gunners’ perfect Premier League record.
Due to a foul committed by Martin Odegaard during the buildup, VAR disallowed Gabriel Martinelli’s magnificent goal, preventing the visitors from gaining the lead. Antony then scored on his debut at the opposite end.
Bukayo Saka’s shot got through Lisandro Martinez’s knees and past David De Gea as Arsenal battled to tie the score.
But Rashford’s two goals gave Ten Hag’s team another victory, cutting the gap between them and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings to just three points.
Here, FUTBALLNEWS looks at some players that Ten Hag has already improved from the previous year with Ten Hag’s vision becoming more obvious and United substantially better after a disastrous start to the season.
Against Arsenal, Jadon Sancho was unable to score for United.
The former Borussia Dortmund star, who cost the Red Devils a staggering £73 million in the summer of 2022, has clearly turned a corner and is now beginning to live up to his blockbuster billing.
In the early stages of the match, Sancho’s lightning speed put Arsenal on the back foot.
Although he was captivated before working full time, it is clear that he is buying into Ten Hag’s system.
Rashford, along with many of his teammates, had a terrible season under Ralf Rangnick and Solskjaer last season.
The 24-year-old has recovered by tallying three goals through his first six league contests this season.
Rashford was at his best with his brace against Arsenal; his speed, persistency, and cunning on the day caused the Gunners a ton of issues.
His classic performance against Arsenal came a few days after he had assisted in United’s victory over Leicester in the middle of the week.
Rashford has proven that he was always destined to be a superstar by overcoming a difficult year, much to his credit.
Diogo Dalot was left out in the cold a year ago because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer frequently preferred Aaron Wan-Bissaka to the former Porto player.
But a year later, Old Trafford’s first-choice right-back is the Portugal international. Unlike Wan-Bissaka, Dalot has always been strong at moving forward.
Dalot, 23, has shown his talent at both ends of the field against Arsenal, demonstrating how Ten Hag is transforming the 23-year-old into an all-rounder.
Wan-Bissaka now has the right-back position off his hold, and his spell on the bench is expected to last for the foreseeable future.
Erik ten Hag
The manager of Premier League team Manchester United is Dutch professional footballer and former player Erik ten Hag.
When he was in charge of Ajax, Erik ten Hag poked fun at his former boss Pep Guardiola, but his criticism demonstrates that Manchester United have the correct coach in place.
Before the Dutchman entered management, the two coaches collaborated at Bayern Munich.
What managerial awards does Erik ten Hag hold?
Ten Hag led Ajax to their record-extending 20th KNVB Cup in 2021.
In January 2022, he became the league’s fastest manager to reach 100 victories with Ajax, accomplishing the mark in 128 games, before moving on to manage Manchester United.