Ten Hag receives praise for changing tactics

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Paul Scholes hails Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag for making huge decision following two premier league defeat in a row.

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has received praised from former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes for changing his tactics at the club.

The former Ajax manager came in with the mind set of starting the attack from the goal keeper but had to change it follow defeats in his first two Premier League match.

The Dutch man believes he do not have the right players to play from the back then he decides to go on a long ball which has been effective as they got four Premier League win in a row.

United legend Scholes said: “The crowd get nervous when the goalkeeper tries to play a ten-yard pass, that’s not a Manchester United philosophy, that’s Barcelona or Ajax.

“With Erik ten Hag, he’s stumbled across it. After the Brentford game, he realised he didn’t have the players to play that way, he knew he had to go more direct.

“Raphael Varane, great a player as he’s been, is not a great footballer.

“David De Gea is not a great footballer. So, play to your strengths, which for United is the attacking players, and you have to admire the new manager for playing that way.”

Scholes says he like the fact that Ten Hag chases the result rather than sticking to the possession game like fellow compatriot Louis Van Gaal.

He said: “Louis Van Gaal joined Manchester United and wanted to play possession-based football, but United are not that. It was always about substance over style, scoring goals and making chances rather than a pretty end product.

“I’ve been encouraged with what I’ve seen so far by Erik ten Hag. He’s changed a lot since the Brentford game. The simple thing was, don’t play out from the back.

“Get the ball forward to your best players. Get Christian Eriksen into centre midfield, a player who can play balls to the forward players.”

The game plan was not the only thing Ten Hag changed but dropped United captain Harry Maguire after the first two games.

Scholes said: “He had to leave Harry Maguire out. It was a brave decision. He’s a brave manager.”





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