A fairly uninspiring start to Ten Hag's era in Man United

Ten Hag had a shocker in his first competitive game as the manager of Manchester United. Losing at home to a Brighton in gameweek 1 will surely not be taken lightly.

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That was the worst possible start for them.

Interestingly, Ten Hag is already getting the sticks for starting this game without Ronaldo in the line-up and we may (big probability) talk about that in a minute, but before that, let's look at other aspects of the game.

He is a great manager and he did what he could with what he had. We can't blame him because he is surely not a miracle worker and I'm sure Man United fans are not expecting their team to win the league. They have many things to fix.

But, what do you think about the choice of starting Harry Maguire again?

The dude has been unperforming for as long as I can remember. No manager has been able to fix the Maguire issue, yet he seems to find a way to be the first sure name to appear on the line-up regardless of the manager.

I never expected Maguire to start today and I was freaking surprised when I saw him partnered with Martinez in that CB position. Martinez also didn't have a good game, but I won't rate him based on today's performance. His performance is exactly what you will expect when a newbie to EPL is playing with a very awful Maguire.

As if that's not enough Maguire's post-match interview was also awful. You need to watch that and see for yourself. He surely doesn't deserve that Captain armband in a club like Manchester United.

Fred and McTominay in midfield for Man United.

This is quite funny. These guys are already proven to be middle-table quality. I wonder why Man United didn't ship them off to Leicester, West Ham, Everton... no offence meant to any of these clubs.

You can't get a solid performance from Fred and McTominay and it's a shame to see them week-in week-out in that jersey. I genuinely believe they are not Manchester United quality.

The transfer window is still open, right?

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This current Man United squad have a lot of loopholes. Some of the players are awful and it will cause a lot of damage if this is all Man United have in their arsenal. It's time for Man United to get the right scouts who will do their homework before recommending players to the board.

To be fair, there are too many average players in the squad, especially in the midfield. In terms of elevating how the midfield is and having a real opportunity to change the trajectory of the way the club has been over the recent years, McTominay needs to be replaced. Fred should also be coming off the bench.

The transfer window will officially close on 1st September. I wonder if that's enough time for the board to get things right. Make sales, bring in good legs and leave the rest for Ten Hag and the boys.

Talking about Ten Hag's choice of leaving Ronaldo out in the starting line-up;

Immediately I saw that starting line-up without Ronaldo in it, I knew there will be a whole bunch of interesting arguments about that. Of course, Twitter lads didn't disappoint. Haha. So many things were said.

At first, I thought, 'Ten Hag may be onto something with that team selection' but with the way the game played out, the argument became even more interesting.

I would allow y'all to tell me what you think about that.

Was it a good idea or a very poor one from ten Hag?

Feel free to lemme know what you think.

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That was a devastating start for him. No one saw it coming. A welcome to the antics of the EPL if you ask me.

Now, he would have known that it is a different ball game entirely. Every mat h is important and you have to field your best team.
On the bench, CR7 had one kind of an expression that announced that he would have done something different if he had been fielded.

This is EPL. This is football.

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This is EPL. Truly, we've seen situations when managers choose to bench they best legs for reasons best known to them and it doesn't always end well because no team likes to be underrated in EPL

Every club is there for the win. Haha.

An undesirable start for the man, but I really hope he gets things right as soon as possible. !PIZZA

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Ten Hag didn't do many wrongs on his first competitive match, he played the hand he was dealt. A team with Fred and McTominay as the central midfielders will struggle.

What bothers me is the fact that we've known these two guys are average for more than two years, yet they are still the ones starting games. Why haven't the club gone for upgrades?

Manchester City lost Fernandinho and immediately swooped for Kalvin Phillips despite the ridiculous amount of midfielders at Pep's disposal. Conte moved mountains to get Bissouma despite having Bentacur and Højbjerg, two better midfielders than the very ordinary McFred. Why is Manchester United keeping quiet about this glaring midfield problem?

As for Ronaldo, not starting him wasn't a big deal. The dude had just 45 minutes of preseason and the manager already said he was not match-ready. Even the best players needs to be fit and ready. I doubt he had a single shot on target when brought in yesterday.

Lastly, Manchester United is a joke right now. Anthony Martial - the very unreliable Martial - got injured and suddenly, everyone was panicking. That showed a gross lack of depth. Asides Ronaldo, the only attackers on bench were two kids, Garnacho and Elanga. With these set of players, that team won't go higher than sixth position this season.

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Hahah... I'm having a really good laugh while reading this. It feels like we football fans see things that the board are finding hard to see.

It's even worse now with Fred and McTominay because they had Pogba and Matic in that middle before, but now, the weight will be on Eriksen and we know he can't run that midfield alone.

That match was an eyesore. Imagine a situation where the important passes to the attacking line of Manchester United were coming from the defenders. The midfield lost the fight both defensively and attacking wise. They were literally invisible.

Man United's lack of quality first team players is screaming loud. We can't even make a case for a solid bench when their first XI lacks so much quality.

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The board, just like every management board out there, is a political setup with people of different intentions. When Manchester United contacted Aurelio de Laurentiis for Koulibaly, the Italian dude quoted £75M. Manchester United baulked at the fee. They said it was too much for a defender. A little over a week after that, they signed Maguire for £80M. That's not a sporting decision, that's a political decision where people of vested interest played their part. And that is why the team keeps on struggling.

Van Gaal gave an insight into what's happening up top when he told Ten Hag to choose a club with interest in playing football, and not something else.

As for the team, 80% of guys in that team won't make the present Spurs first 11. That's the level of quality they've got. They are no better than Leicester City right now.

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Spot-on. Haha. It's like a Leicester with solid footballing history.

This is why I feel that whenever we redefine this Manchester United side and their performance in recent years, it exposes the fact that standards have dipped too low.

Rebuilding this team is a long term project. It can't be taken lightly and they need all the support they can get from the board. A board that is interested in what happens in the pitch.

The Lukaku deal is also there for an example. I won't be surprised if Chelsea splashes big money to get Tammy Abraham just like they did with Lukaku.

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The worrying thing about Manchester United is that everyone is confused as to what way will lead them back to the top. They've tried daddy's boy (Moyes), a serial winner (Mourinho), a respected tactician (Van Gaal), the gentle club hero (Ole) and the big influencer (Rangnick). None of them worked.

We are all confused. All we have left is hope, and nothing more. No Manchester United fan out there will tell you the club will win any major trophy in three years time. We all know how bad it is. What frustrates is not knowing when it will come good again.

PS: I wish to upvote your comments but I don't know how to, I'm still relatively new here.

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Interesting! Very interesting!

I love where this Interaction is going and I just saw an update about Man United making bid for Rabiot and Arnautovic. Tell me that's not true. Haha. Jeezzzz. That's so weird for a team that should be building for the future.

Well, let's see what Ten Hag will do with the cards he have. I really wish him well because EPL will always be more fun with more teams that have good ambition.

PS: I wish to upvote your comments but I don't know how to, I'm still relatively new here

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Saw the Arnautovic links on SkySports this morning. Just couldn't stop laughing. Rangnick, after leaving Man U, said he met with the management and asked to sign a striker when he was drafted in. He told the club to chase Luis Diaz and Nunez, both of whom were still relatively unknown then. They didn't make any move.

Diaz joined Liverpool in January. He pestered them when the January window opened for Darwin Nunez. The club once again turned a deaf ear. It was after then Nunez played well against Liverpool in the Champions League and got his move. Just imagine if Man U signed one of those guys.

Supporters have been protesting against the Glazers for a while now. Their greediness is the reason why the club won't move forward. Even before Sir Alex left, the club was already on a downward spiral.

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You know what? Even the most devoted of Manchester United supporters are currently expressing their displeasure with the current board issue.

Ralf Ragnick didn't keep silence about any of these. The man had eyes for talents when he got the job, but he didn't get what he wanted. The board didn't back him up and the few months he spent with Manchester United left a minus mark on his reputation.

Glazers are already getting a mouthful from fans all over the world. Man United legends are also joining the talk and I see it as a laudable approach. At this point, their hands need to be forced.


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Fans have been waving the green and gold flag in protest at Old Trafford for a while now. Those Glazer dudes just won't change. They showed that by continuously taking profit from the struggling club they bedeviled with debts.

Roman Abrahamovic was owed lots of money by Chelsea. He financed the club with his own money. As for Man U, the Glazers dragged their club into debt and continuously leach off it every single year. I wish there was a court that reprimands abusive owners like those American dudes.

The Glazers point of view is that they've done everything for the club. Ask them now, and they will tell you they signed Cristiano Ronaldo. They are unrepentant!

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Even a club with low pedigree like Tottenham went on to sign a Richarlison when they already have so many options in their attack. That's a way to show how ambitious they are.

But for the glazers, they are riding on the past glory that was built by Manchester United of years ago.

They have just a few weeks left before the end of transfer window and Manchester United will be turning to a banter club if they go into the club with this half-baked squad.

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Getting good deals done requires time. Whichever player they buy now will be overpaid for because it's going to be a rushed and panicked negotiation, which is always to the advantage of the selling club. The serious clubs already swooped for players they want during preseason.

As far as I'm concerned, this team won't go beyond 6th this season. They have no miracle to perform. And they should let CR7 go. The last thing they want is the media circling an already fragile and understrength team because of one old dude.

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To me there was no big deal with dropping Ronaldo. It is just tiring to talk about Man Utd. It just seems as if we all know the problem and possible solution except the board.

Just watch them go on a frantic spending spree, bringing in more average waste bags.

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Exactly what I see. We all know what is wrong and we see it, but the scouts always goes for players that are not suitable for their system.

The board also don't want to spend, but when they spend, the money goes to someone that doesn't have the quality. Haha. It's insane. !PIZZA

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