The future regarding who the new coach of Manchester United (MU) will be next season is starting to see a bright spot. The name Erik ten Hag is increasingly being rumored to be the new manager of the Red Devils.
It is reported that Manchester United will choose Erik Ten Hag from the Netherlands as their new coach over other candidates. Ajax coach Erik ten Hag seems to be just one step away from Old Trafford.
Reporting from the Mirror, Erik ten Hag is now the strongest candidate after he gave a satisfying presentation in front of the Glazer family as club owners, as well as Director of Sport John Murtough.
Erik Ten Hag explained about the vision and mission of building a team, style of play, team targets, and the target players to strengthen his team next season.
The officials of Manchester United, also reportedly have matched the design he gave. Here are three strong reasons that make Erik ten Hag’s figure worthy of being the manager of MU.
There is no difference in tactics
Erik ten Hag managed to lead Ajax with the same principles and tactical character as Manchester United’s playing style. Namely the development of the standard 4-2-3-1 formation system.
The Manchester United squad built by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to play a 4-2-3-1 system which is the scheme most often used by Ralf Rangnick. While other formations such as 3-5-2 and 4-2-2-2 are sometimes also tried.
This suits the Ten Hag, as Ajax also played in a 4-2-3-1 formation in 29 of their 36 matches in the Dutch League, including in the Champions League this season.
This formation can also sometimes be changed to a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 scheme. This means that Ten Hag already has players at Old Trafford who will play in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Erik Ten Hag will bring a clear style of play to Manchester United. This clear playing philosophy has always been a question after Man Utd left Sir Alex Ferguson.
As for the previous Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he chose to apply the counter-attack game during his three years in charge. Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick emphasized tight pressing.
But these ideas are often said to be unclear when watching Manchester United play. Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag is believed to be able to answer the question of the ambiguity of Man Utd’s playing style.
He is more inclined to a higher ball possession style of play. This style of play is what brought Ajax to success under his auspices.
Ten Hag’s imminent appointment has led to speculation that a number of his Dutch compatriots with links to Man United may return to the Red Devils.
Erik ten Hag was advised to make Rene Meulensteen part of his coaching team. Meulensteen was Man United’s youth team coach between 2001 and 2006, before spending six years as first-team coach helping Sir Alex Ferguson.
Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has also been linked with the possibility of joining Erik ten Hag on the coaching staff. In addition, former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar who is now the CEO of Ajax has also been linked with helping him at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag enters, Manchester United cancels pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino
Manchester United (MU) is likely to soon confirm the presence of Erik ten Hag as the new manager for next season, making Mauricio Pochettino’s name sink just like that.
Even though the story about the possibility of Pochettino joining Manchester United has been created since 2019. However, at that time everything was dispersed after the management of the Red Devils appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as team manager.
Pochettino at that time remained with Tottenham Hotspur and then moved to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). When Solskjaer was sacked, Pochettino’s name came back as a candidate. However, United did not limit themselves to only pursuing Pochettino and trying other figures.
Pochettino is said to have conducted interviews with the management of the Red Devils. Although the process is positive, as has appeared in several reports, United seem to be more inclined to choose Erik ten Hag over him.
The question that arises is why in the end United still did not choose Mauricio Pochettino to be the new team manager to deal with the Red Devils? As reported by Express Sport, there are two reasons that are owned by MU.
There are several reasons why Manchester United (MU) stopped chasing Mauricio Pochettino. The first reason is that the Red Devils are reluctant to hire the Argentine coach due to compensation costs.
Despite failing to bring PSG forward in the Champions League, Pochettino’s position seems to be safe. Manchester United must also prepare compensation of 25 million pounds if they want PSG to release the coach.