Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag must address the elephant in his dressing room

“I think it’s too quick to say we’ve turned a corner,” said Erik ten Hag before Manchester United’s win against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Sunday. “We’re not there yet. We’re back in the race but this club as a minimum wants to be in the top four, as a minimum. But I feel we’re now heading in the right direction.”

The Manchester Evening News article states that Rasmus Hojlund’s brace secured a 2-1 victory over Luton, reducing the distance between the two teams to just three points. It also ensured that, for the first time in six months, United has a positive goal differential and has won all seven of their 2024 matches. Ten Hag was correct to point out that following a terrible first half of the season in which he felt a great deal of pressure mounted on his position, United is now again moving in the right path.

The club and its supporters showed no desire to see Ten Hag fired, yet the major cause for concern was not the performance but rather the lacklustre results. The team’s lack of flair and individuality was criticised, but scoring goals has silenced that criticism as United has gained ground in recent weeks.

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They trail the Champions League spots by five points and appear to be rising as the season’s business phase draws near. Following such a poor start, many did not think United would be among the top four, but with each victory, the odds have decreased. Luton were the early favourites to drop down, but they made some wise hires, and now Kenilworth Road, although still picturesque, is a tough place to visit.

Regardless matter how it transpired, last weekend’s victory cannot be taken lightly since Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal have all faced difficulties while playing at Kenilworth Road. But United had some wobbly moments in the match and once more lost control of the game. Of all the players wearing a white away shirt, Kobbie Mainoo displayed the most calmness. Despite his exceptional talent, an eighteen-year-old shouldn’t be the most composed of people.


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