Manchester United in Turmoil: Gary Neville Exposes Erik ten Hag’s Shocking Problem

Former Manchester United man Gary Neville points out a problem Erik Ten Hag is going through right now. The Dutchman looked one as his side were beaten by Fulham at the weekend in what look a return to the dismal performances of earlier on in the season. Marco Silva’s men thrashed the Red Devils 2-1 at Old Trafford last week.

The lack of consistency has been a major problem for Ten Hag since his arrival from Ajax. This season is also looking to be no indifferent from that. It seems very difficult for fans to understand what the Dutchman actually wants his team to instill in them. The changing style of play is very frequent in his tactical leadership and is a cause of chaos on the field.

Neville demonstrates the lack of pattern in Erik Ten Hag’s team

Speaking on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, the former Manchester United defender pin points the lack of a definite playing style with Ten Hag. He said,

“At the moment that is not being demonstrated because it’s been going on for many, many months. We said when the players came back maybe we would see that. But I think even that is maybe a little bit of an excuse because when we see other clubs have four or five players missing they still have that same style of play and patterns with the players that came off the bench or are in the reserves.

I think there is an issue which is growing larger and larger by the week. Ten Hag has proven that he can play great football when he managed at Ajax but he’s having a real problem in instilling a style at Man United which any of us can read. They are not a pressing team, a direct team or a possession team. They are a bit of everything.”

The lack of a fixed pattern is very rare for teams pushing for a European spot. There are teams like Liverpool who press and dictate the opposition. Man City deprive their opposition of the possession on the ball for a substantial time. Moreover, Tottenham and Arsenal are also sticking to the plans of their managers.

For United, these basics are not clear and is making them trip over their own feet when on the ground. It needs sorting and quickly, otherwise Ten Hag could find himself out the door once Jim Ratcliffe gets his feet under the table.

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