Man Utd appoint Erik ten Hag and why this looks very much like the Sir Alex move 36 years ago five men out

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Erik ten Hag is appointed new manager of Man Utd. Hopefully they will get it right this time as the Dutch former central defender will take over from Ralf Rangnick and hopefully a new chapter can start at Old Trafford.

After spending his last five years with Ajax and developing new teams as they are used to at this club selling their best to bigger clubs in Europe.

Erik ten Hag and former men in charge of Ajax knows the formula and what type of space they can move in to build their club as there are strict rules inside the pyramid. Man Utd does not have such a clear vision regarding the club strategy as it was more The Sir Alex way than the Man Utd way.

When Sir Alex came in at Man Utd it had been a lorry on different fuel since Sir Matt Busby left the doors open for Wilf McGuiness, Frank O’Farrell, Tommy Docherty, Dave Sexton and Ron Atkinson who all had their different ideas of football.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick are five different men and it was the five as they know also have done the same in nine years. They used a bit longer to axe five in that previous window of the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s winning a few FA Cup’s as the only trophies before Sir Alex.

Erik ten Hag does not have a class of 92 and there is not much magic among the youngsters at the club at the moment and you cannot just decide that players not equipped for title winning demands should be picked for first team action.

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The job needs to be done with a clear view of patience as there are no magic. The gap between Man City and Liverpool down to the other clubs are the base to work from and Man Utd do have a team that will be capable of CL qualification, but going for the Premier League title you need a team that is a bit different in the set up.

There are World class players at Man Utd but most of them are players with a past as their best years are behind and not in front of them and big money signings must be done, but who will join?

Dutch league is very far from PL so were SPL when Sir Alex came in, but the two are and was used to winning before entering the gates of Old Trafford and that is a great advantage, and to be a bit down to earth might also be something needed here.

Exciting again as Man Utd enters a new life with a new manager and proably a shift of players being pushed on, we will just wait and see


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