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Erik ten Hag: Gary Neville says Man Utd supervisor will probably be ‘weak’ if taking part in fashion fails to develop inside months | Soccer Information


Gary Neville believes Erik ten Hag’s place as Manchester United supervisor will probably be “weak” if his facet doesn’t develop a taking part in fashion within the subsequent few months.

United drew 2-2 with Tottenham within the Premier League on Sunday in entrance of the watching Sir Jim Ratcliffe at Outdated Trafford, a consequence that leaves them seventh within the desk and eight factors off the highest 4.

Ten Hag’s staff have struggled for consistency this season, dropping 14 video games in all competitions, and Neville thinks the Dutchman will probably be in bother if performances don’t enhance quickly with Ratcliffe’s partial takeover anticipated to undergo in February.

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Talking to Sky Sports activities for The Gary Neville Podcast, the previous United captain stated: “We have to see a method of play develop within the subsequent few months or else I believe the coach will probably be weak as a result of finally the brand new proprietor will are available in and need to see how we will play, need electrical energy, need razzmatazz.

“Manchester United have traditionally been field workplace. Spurs are field workplace. I like watching Spurs play soccer. Manchester United are a tough watch. They have some thrilling, proficient gamers, it simply must by some means gel within the subsequent few months, and I hope it may well for Erik ten Hag.

“I am speaking about patterns and combos that gamers can rely on once they undergo troublesome moments in a match. You rely on the reminiscence of what you’ve got been engaged on in observe to return out on the pitch on the weekend.

“The final time that I noticed combos of play and a sequence of passes that seemed like they belonged to 1 one other was below Louis van Gaal. What I see here’s a assortment of single passes the place a participant receives it and appear to have to work out the place the following participant is, fairly than understanding the place the following participant is.

“That is actually stunning me as a result of Dutch teaching has been masterful over the past 30, 40, 50 years. Ten Hag’s teaching, being at Bayern Munich after which going to Ajax, he is produced unbelievable groups which have had actually good combos and patterns of play that I might see in a very well-functioning staff. And I do not see something of it.

“They actually battle to have the ability to know the place one another are and put combos and patterns collectively. That is the bit within the subsequent few months that I believe wants to return. Outcomes, sure. In fact, it’s good to win. There is not any actual electrical energy on this stadium for the time being watching the staff so what we have to see is one thing develop, that the staff are enhancing, progressing and heading in the right direction.

“Overlook who the gamers are for now as a result of Spurs have confirmed right now with out their greatest gamers that you would be able to go on the market and nonetheless play in the identical method.

“That’s one factor I observed right now. The place is the default fashion of play on this staff? I do not see it and that may be a actual concern. We all know United below Ole and Jose Mourinho have been extra counter-attacking, however that is not what we anticipated from Erik ten Hag.

“We anticipated that prime urgent, entrance foot, excessive tempo possession-play. He stated one thing just a few weeks in the past that he cannot ship that at Manchester United which I assumed was a very fascinating factor for him to say as a result of different managers have confirmed at Brighton and at Tottenham that you would be able to ship with gamers that perhaps aren’t at the same time as beneficial within the switch market as those that United have.

“That’s what we have to see from United. How are they going to play? How are they going to win matches? What’s the technique? It hampers these attacking stats lots as a result of if you do not have a method of play, it truly is a battle.

“I knew precisely the place the following move was going once I was taking part in for Manchester United. I performed with these gamers for a few years. Clearly, Erik ten Hag has not had a few years however he has had 18 months and I do not suppose at this second in time you possibly can see these patterns growing.”

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Does the damage checklist clarify the dearth of these patterns?

“The patterns are labored on as a squad, not simply as a staff. The extra you play collectively, the extra you develop an understanding, however the patterns are labored on as a squad. The patterns usually are not simply given to the primary 11 and the remainder need to attempt to work them out.

“The truth that they’ve misplaced [Harry] Maguire, [Victor] Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro, it does impression Manchester United as a result of they’ve misplaced some expertise there, notably Martinez who is sweet at taking part in out from the again.

“However Tottenham had 5 or 6 gamers lacking, their complete midfield was lacking, however [Hojbjerg and Skipp] nonetheless attempt the identical patterns. Not as efficiently as Bissouma and Sarr however they nonetheless do the identical factor. Even when Emerson Royal and Ben Davies have been centre-backs, they nonetheless attempt the identical issues. It is probably not as profitable however you continue to see them attempting to do the identical issues.

“So I do not suppose it’s an excuse that Manchester United have 4 or 5 gamers out. You may see that the outcomes may endure a bit, you possibly can see that they won’t do the issues that they need to achieve this effectively. However I do not see any sample both with the first-choice gamers or with out the first-choice gamers.

“That could be a actual concern and it has to alter.”

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Talking to Sky Sports activities on the published previous to recording The Gary Neville Podcast, the previous United participant had articulated lots of the similar concepts. “I’m a bit of bit apprehensive concerning the lack of mixture and patterns of play at United, and the dearth of consistency in efficiency,” he informed Sky Sports activities.

“If you’re in troublesome moments in video games, you must rely on one thing to get you thru it. That is normally the work you’ve got completed on the coaching pitch through the week. It is not an excuse to say gamers have been missed as a result of that sample of play goes into the squad. You may see that with different groups which have had gamers lacking.

“I fear that what we see is a move will get performed to 1 participant after which they work out what their subsequent move is whereas different groups know what their subsequent move is. You by no means see gamers in the identical positions. Even out of possession, they’re chasing round individuals, man-to-man marking. They’re by no means actually in form from an attacking perspective, out of possession. When is that going to alter?

“I’m scratching my head a bit of bit as a result of this can be a man [Ten Hag] who has coached with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, had completed the job he did at Ajax with patterns of play, combos and actually fluid soccer however then stated in an interview earlier than Christmas that he could not ship the Ajax soccer at Manchester United.

“I get that as a result of Ajax is such an embedded method of taking part in and elegance however when Louis Van Gaal got here right here – and I wasn’t a terrific fan of his soccer – he was capable of play an actual distinct fashion of play. Why aren’t we seeing one thing develop that we all know the place this staff goes?

“Is it a high-pressing staff? No. Is it a possession staff? No. Is it a counter-attacking staff? Generally, if a staff leaves area in behind. It isn’t a direct staff. I am not fairly positive what it’s and that does have to develop within the subsequent few months if it may well.”