Graeme Souness thinks it’s ‘admirable’ Erik ten Hag has ditched enjoying ‘the Manchester United means’ in an effort to safe wins, however isn’t positive how lengthy followers will probably be blissful.
United made it 4 Premier League victories on the bounce by beating Arsenal 3-1 at Previous Trafford, ending their rivals’ good begin to the season.
The profitable streak marks a stark distinction to Ten Hag’s first two video games in cost which noticed the Purple Devils undergo a 2-1 loss to Brighton and a 4-0 humbling by the hands of Brentford.
In opposition to the Gunners, United had much less possession and photographs than their opponents regardless of enjoying at residence, which Liverpool legend Souness thinks is a deliberate change of mentality after the horrendous opening fixtures.
“I believe after the primary two video games, shedding within the method wherein they did towards Brentford, I believe there was possibly a get up name for the brand new supervisor,” the talkSPORT pundit instructed White and Jordan.
“I believe he checked out his gamers and thought, ‘we’re ok to take individuals on in a correct end-to-end sport of soccer as a result of we’ve received higher gamers’.
“However after two video games he might have had a rethink and I believe there’s been a little bit of a restart as a result of the way in which that they’re digging out outcomes now, which is admirable.
“They’re dogged, decided, they’re exhibiting actual spirit, togetherness… I believe they’re enjoying in a practical means now, they’re not enjoying within the Manchester United means.
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“As long as I’ve been in football Man United play a certain way, which is on the front foot, exciting, they are committed to playing that way because it’s Man United, one of the biggest if not the biggest football club in the world.
“But they are impressive because they’ve shown a togetherness to win games and when the going got tough against Arsenal at the start of the second-half they dug in, conceded one, they were rocking but they got through that and scored a couple of goals on the break.
“But going forward is that how he wants to play? Is that how Man United supporters want their team to play? No.
“But there’s been a bit of a reset to think, ‘we have to be a little bit more cautious, a little bit more pragmatic,’ and it’s working for them at the moment.”
Ten Hag was brought in from Ajax during the summer after an impressive spell in the Netherlands where he won three league titles and crafted two different teams capable of competing in the Champions League knockout stages.
The 50-year-old Dutchman was famed for his high-pressing, high-intensity football, but talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan feels like trophies are all that matter for a club of United’s stature.
And he feels they are still a way off from being able to compete for silverware.
“Ten Hag is starting to really feel his means across the panorama,” he mentioned.
“He’s starting to get a bunch of gamers round him that he feels are consultant of him.
“Whether or not we expect Manchester United’s signing coverage of Casemiro or paying prime greenback for Antony is nice enterprise or not, whether or not we expect the Glazers are the worst homeowners that God ever put breath into, Ten Hag has nonetheless received many steps to go to attain what I believe Manchester United needs to be reaching, which is profitable issues.
“Being aggressive is the essential operate of a Manchester United facet even within the Seventies, so within the 2020s after being the poster boys for the Premier League for a major time period, Man United have gotten to win one thing.”
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