Erik ten Hag’s Crucial Mission to Tackle Manchester United’s Longstanding 31-Year Dilemma

Erik ten Hag’s Crucial Mission to Tackle Manchester United’s Longstanding 31-Year Dilemma

Just a few days after losing to West Ham, Man United takes on Aston Villa on Boxing Day. Here are five things to speak about.

Boxing Day marks United’s return to action

After yet another heartbreaking loss to add to the season’s low points thus far, Manchester United is once again in the doldrums. 

Following up a strong showing in the draw at Anfield the previous weekend, the Reds traveled to the London Stadium on Saturday, but they once again failed to score as they lost 2-0 to West Ham.

Erik ten Hag, the manager, was put under even more strain as a result, and tonight they will face another formidable opponent as Aston Villa visits Old Trafford.

 They are now probably the best team in the Premier League under Unai Emery, who has turned them into title challengers.

In order to maintain any chance of challenging for the top four spots, the Reds will need to start honing their lackluster assault. In advance of tonight’s game, these are the key talking points…

An additional undesirable record

Sir Alex Ferguson responded to Manchester United’s four-game scoring drought—their longest since the autumn of 1992—by spending £1 million to acquire Eric Cantona.

This season, United’s unfavorable records seem to be everywhere you look, and the team’s leading goal scorer, midfielder Scott McTominay, has only scored six goals. This arguably best illustrates the team’s goal deficit.

In games, McTominay frequently poses the only real threat, while Rasmus Hojlund has yet to score in the Premier League. 

Even if the forward has five goals in the Champions League, United still lost badly to other teams in Europe.

With 30 goals in all competitions last season, Marcus Rashford had his best season yet. 

However, this time around, he is misfiring, and Antony has not yet scored or assisted.

Erik ten Hag needs to find a speedy solution to the team’s mounting issue in front of goal because you can’t win games without scoring.

There isn’t enough scoring for United

The forwards need to put up more effort.

After a clash with Ten Hag, who expelled him from the team in response to his remarkable outburst on social media, Jadon Sancho has not played since August 26 and has been following an individual training regimen.

Sancho, meanwhile, is oddly the last United forward to score a Premier League goal at Old Trafford; that goal came on the last day of the previous campaign against Fulham.

The forwards haven’t given their all this season, and if someone doesn’t step up on Boxing Day, fans might not see an attacker score at home for seven months in 2024.

How Mainoo is handled

Kobbie Mainoo is an extraordinary young talent. It was difficult to feel sorry for him when he made an error that led to West Ham’s second goal because he has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disastrous season.

Even if the young player has occasionally been benched when most have wanted him to start, Ten Hag’s handling of him has been interesting. 

Starting in center midfield in the Premier League at the age of eighteen is not an easy feat.

Despite his gaffe last weekend, Mainoo has started four games in all competitions; however, it might be wise to rest him against Aston Villa. 

Given the facts, Sofyan Amrabat should be granted the preference due to his greater experience.

Mainoo anticipates having more opportunities and hopes to be starting on a regular basis before the conclusion of the season.

European goals

After losing to West Ham, United is now ninth in the Premier League standings, and even the most upbeat fan would have to concede that a top-four finish this year seems implausible.

But that needs to be the goal, and third-place team Aston Villa will offer an idea of where United is right now since they’ve had some great performances under Unai Emery’s leadership.

Although Villa has just defeated Manchester City and Arsenal, they have not performed well away from home, coming into this match off a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

Wan-Bissaka or Dalot?

Aaron Wan-Bisska began at right-back at the London Stadium in place of Diogo Dalot, who was suspended following his questionable two yellow cards against Liverpool.

Throughout Ten Hag’s tenure, the two have battled for the starting spot, and Wan-Bissaka is currently regarded as the first choice; nevertheless, he was available against Bayern Munich and began on the bench.

Instead, Dalot faced the Bundesliga champions, and their matchup is frequently a toss-up.

Erik ten Hag’s Crucial Mission to Tackle Manchester United’s Longstanding 31-Year Dilemma

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