Erik ten Hag has somewhat steadied the ship at Old Trafford after a nightmare of a start to his first season in the Premier League.
The Dutchman’s bold move to drop big names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire in favour of more agile and tactically flexible players has resulted in four straight league wins.
Incidentally, his decision to sacrifice possession of the ball and sit deep has seen United concede just two goals against Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester City and Arsenal – a significant improvement from their thrashing against Brighton and Brentford.
However, as soon as Ten Hag rotated his squad in the Europa League, the Red Devils fell short and lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad, indicating there’s still a lot of work to do at the club’s training base to get more out of the whole squad.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the 52-year-old noted a shortage of left-footed players in the summer transfer window. His new signings Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Antony are all left-footed.
The former Ajax head coach is also working on the training ground to tackle the issue, and has overseen wrong-footed training sessions with members of the United squad. The Dutchman has placed an emphasis on strengthening the weaker foot of certain players in drills that have taken place after the team’s main sessions.
Ten Hag’s summer arrivals have also had a positive impact at Carrington. It is thought that Antony and Casemiro have increased the intensity in training.