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I am enjoying his subs, his style, his signings, him benching poor performers irrespective of reputation or transfer fee etc. Bodes well.
 

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Bit about Casemiro almost suggests he'll start

Is he ready to be unleashed on Arsenal? "I think so," says Ten Hag. "He is used to playing big games."
 

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Its really hard for some posters to see this. They'd rather players coming from diverse league that don't even fit Ten Hag's style I guess.
There's a reason why we were waiting on Frenkie and when it stalled we also went after Eriksen. Look at that, a stupidly expensive young midfielder and older midfielder on a free transfer (who had been in a situation that could stop his footballing career). To me that is clear, it means that Ten Hag would rather sign correct players regardless of their fees, nationality, etc, they HAVE to fit the profile he's looking for so it's not about big names or your average talented Football Manager players. In fact it would surprise me if we don't go back for Frenkie in the next transfer window. This is what we should have been doing in the last 10 years, signing players based on their compatibility with the team and the manager.
So, the complete opposite to Chelsea and Arsenal :devil:
(and of course, us during the Woodward era).
 

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Maybe, but the article also mentioned that the scouting department fully supported the pursuit of Rabiot, and the signings of Casemiro & Antony
Overall, however, United identified Antony as a potential signing before Ten Hag arrived and the recruitment department subsequently gave full backing.
Sorry, but I think all this "let's praise United scouts" is huge BS. Of course they will say "scouting department fully supported..." . Same scouting department that had 804 RB's on radar and choose 805th? If they identifyed Antony before Erik arived, then why did they not get him imediately when Erik joined? Ajax was open to sell him for €60m at the begining of the transfer window, but it was too much? Because we have amazing wingers and we won C, B, A team of Liverpool in preseason? They panicked after first two games, started to run around like headless chickens, flew around the Europe, trying to sign any player, and got Antony at the end of TW for reduced price of €100m.
Don't believe everything you read, journos will write what they are told by club people. And club people will not tell journos to write how shite they are at their job, will they?
 

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Sorry, but I think all this "let's praise United scouts" is huge BS. Of course they will say "scouting department fully supported..." . Same scouting department that had 804 RB's on radar and choose 805th? If they identifyed Antony before Erik arived, then why did they not get him imediately when Erik joined? Ajax was open to sell him for €60m at the begining of the transfer window, but it was too much? Because we have amazing wingers and we won C, B, A team of Liverpool in preseason? They panicked after first two games, started to run around like headless chickens, flew around the Europe, trying to sign any player, and got Antony at the end of TW for reduced price of €100m.
Don't believe everything you read, journos will write what they are told by club people. And club people will not tell journos to write how shite they are at their job, will they?
The article is actually critical of the club, it mentioned there was a panic after the Brentford result:

Those familiar with the mood at Carrington after the 4-0 defeat to Brentford reported a spike in activity,
Chief executive Richard Arnold became more visible and subsequent actions populated the belief that Joel Glazer was suddenly persuaded to allocate more of the club’s money to transfers.
The article is also critical of the recruitment department and the club's hierarchy, on the attempt to sign Arnautovic:

The episode was an example of the risk associated with following a manager on his recommendations unchecked.
Other quotes from the article which are critical of the recruitment department and the football structure at the club

Still, it is clear the recruitment department has run parallel to the manager’s instincts this summer rather than guide proactively. It is a system built by Murtough but one that, on the evidence of current operating, remains in need of refinement. The best models present various options in targeted positions to managers and are then able to strike decisively.
Evidently, there are issues to fix given the reliance on Ten Hag this window and disappointing returns from signings pushed by the recruitment department.
On not signing Brighton's Caicedo earlier
Informed sources say United’s discretion was merited due to huge complications over payments to various agents but others point out how Brighton, a smaller club, managed to solve the issue.
As you can see, the article criticizes the club's football structure and questions a lot of the decisions it made.

If you are able to read it, it is the furthest thing from a puff piece that makes the club look good
 
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Think the players he's brought from Ajax and the Dutch leagues have the right attitude. Most important thing for me was the mentality change, and he's done it so far. Was a bit concerned after first few games.
 

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Busby
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In which order would you have them?
 

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Played the game after Arsenals equaliser perfectly. Completely shut Arteta down
 

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Why did it take us nearly a decade to hire a somewhat proven manager in his prime?

I'm considering swapping to crappy beer from his region of Holland, just so I can taste some Eric.
 

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We have world class manager.
He makes players look good. Now who else in our history had that ability…
 

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Folks. We have a miracle worker in hand. It's a long 10 years journey, my brothers and sisters.
 

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I honestly like the way he manages big games. Both this and Liverpool one were played almost perfectly.

We are starting to gain some momentum I hope we don't lose it.
 

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He play players i wouldnt play, makes subs where i think he's bringing on the wrong player, and it just works.
He's making me a believer.
 

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Well done. ETH!

Seems like he is learning how to control the second half a bit better now too.
 

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Fvcking love him already..subs were a masterclass in how to see out a game, got the cojones to drop players who were deemed undroppable by previous regimes, really feel we’ve finally got a manager who understands what this club is all about
 

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I honestly like the way he manages big games. Both this and Liverpool one were played almost perfectly.

We are starting to gain some momentum I hope we don't lose it.

I like this post.


Actually positive from ya. So he must be doing a stellar job :lol:


I think he has done some job. Most important thing is he got massive balls and has shown it. Even the Casmerio call was big
 

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Great win and clinical on the counter. I'm really not trying to be a WUM, but hasn't it been a bit of throwback to the good times under Ole? Best games have been against aggressive teams who we've hit on the counter in Liverpool and Arsenal, while we've struggled against "low block" teams.

I'm not expecting EtH to work miracles, but so far we haven't seen much of his trademark type of football, have we?
 

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Making average players like McTominay and Dalot look good. Somehow has made us defensively solid playing McT-Eriksen a b2b and #10 together. That is the sign of a good manager.
 

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I had high hopes and total faith in Ten Hag but even this response to our opening travails has been very impressive. Each of the last four wins has had a different cornerstone to it too, which is even more praiseworthy, IMO.

Top class.
 

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Good to hear him say our first 10 minutes were great, but Arsenal's disallowed goal broke our rhythm. I'm just happy he knows we need to see more of what we saw in the first 10 minutes
 

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Tactically ETH is very diverse, I remember reading months ago how he would always adapt his methods depending on what he had in the squad but always made it work until he could get the players in to fit his desired style and tactics.

I think we’re a goalkeeper, right back, De Jong type player and a striker away from what ETH wants as his desired style and tactics. If we manage to get top four this season I can see us really progressing next season and possibly a title challenge in his third season.
 

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One thing that might go unnoticed was absolute genius by ETH.

He sacrificed Sancho and brought on Fred. We would normally have expected Fred to sit deep with McTominay and Eriksen go to no.10.

But ETH put Fred at no.10 and Bruno to the right wing. Mctominay and Eriksen stayed deep. The reason being he wanted Fred to press Xhaka and Zinchenko who kept coming central and dominating play. As soon as Fred came on, that channel got blocked.

Brilliant management. Keeping Eriksen deep allowed us to play balls from the back to get the counter goal like we did.
 

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Much more pragmatic and adaptable than I assumed he would be. I don't mean that a criticism either, after Brentford I was concerned with the team selection but he has been so much more pragmatic since, trying to build up the confidence and stability in the team first.
 

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This is the first time post Ferguson that I genuinely feel like we've hired the right manager. Not going to go overboard as it's early days, but I am confident if we continue to back him he will eventually deliver silverware. I can't wait to see what team he ends up with over the next couple years
 

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Really really like him. He's thoughtful, seems confident and driven and seems forensic in his analysis. Clearly very detail oriented and has done a great job of bringing back a sense of togetherness.
 
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