Erik ten Hag - Manchester United manager

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It's really strange to start doubting ETH now. He should be given some leeway.
 

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Starting to get incredibly worried about the second half of the season with how thin our squad is. We have arguably already embarked up a semi injury crisis.

The fact we aren’t in for anybody other than weghorst when so many players are moving this window is a joke. ETH doing a good job but being set up to fail.

Expect us to just about cling to top 4, maybe win league cup Bit the other two trophies are very unlikely.
 

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Starting to get incredibly worried about the second half of the season with how thin our squad is. We have arguably already embarked up a semi injury crisis.

The fact we aren’t in for anybody other than weghorst when so many players are moving this window is a joke. ETH doing a good job but being set up to fail.

Expect us to just about cling to top 4, maybe win league cup Bit the other two trophies are very unlikely.
Set up to fail is a bit over the top. He's been given a massive amount in his first summer. If he's been setup to fail then somebody like Moyes definitely was.

I'm really liking him so far, it's looking promising. But the praise, like Henry's comments, is getting a bit giddy.

I'd like to see ETH win something in a major league before we start calling him a genius.
 

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Starting to get incredibly worried about the second half of the season with how thin our squad is. We have arguably already embarked up a semi injury crisis.

The fact we aren’t in for anybody other than weghorst when so many players are moving this window is a joke. ETH doing a good job but being set up to fail.

Expect us to just about cling to top 4, maybe win league cup Bit the other two trophies are very unlikely.
If anything, its the league cup I am worried about and not Top 4, I think we have that almost nailed. We'll most likely be playing Newcastle in the final of the LC, and they're such an awful side to play against, I just know their Atletico style shithousery will overcome us.
 

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It's really strange to start doubting ETH now. He should be given some leeway.
It will always happen, he could win the champions league with 30% of the ball and people will moan it’s not the Utd way.

Imo he’s doing a great job with what he had to begin with, he is slowly clearing the decks whilst also winning games and getting points. These past 2 games were a case of too many games in a short period of time, give us 5 days to prepare for each and we would have taken at least 4 points.
 

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It will always happen, he could win the champions league with 30% of the ball and people will moan it’s not the Utd way.

Imo he’s doing a great job with what he had to begin with, he is slowly clearing the decks whilst also winning games and getting points. These past 2 games were a case of too many games in a short period of time, give us 5 days to prepare for each and we would have taken at least 4 points.
Agree, just don't understand how people don't understand how this works.
 

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He made the smart move with Casemiro, it's just the players (including Casemiro) fecked up. But we had 6 points up for grabs. Do you put out a weakened team against Palace, only to drop points, then play your best team against Arsenal, who are in unbelievable form, and maybe drop points? So out of 6 possible points, do you go for the easy 3, hope for the best and try to get something out of Arsenal, or play a weak team vs Palace, drop points, then play Arsenal, and drop points anyway?

The players fecked up by not seeing their victory through against Palace, and Case fecked up because we took them to the wire yesterday, and with Case probably would have won. But if you could explain what he was thinking, when he practically wrapped his legs around the waist of the Palace player his tackle was so high, that would be great.
Don't agree. Its the manager's call to pick a player. The Arsenal match was more important than '3 points' it was a season defining match. Beat them and United were right in the mix and their confidence would have been damaged. Casimero is United's best player, by a country mile, you just do not risk it at Palace, against some sides maybe, but not Selhurst Park. And Garnacho was desperately needed at 60 mins.
This is not hindsight, its pretty obvious stuff. ETH is good, but he is fallible.
 

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Do you have amnesia?

How long did it take pep to win the league when he inherited a title winning squad? How much has he spent while at City despite this?

Klopp?

Even Arteta is a terrible example because he's had 3 years.

Erik has been here 6 months.
I think he was being sarcastic..
I guess the Arteta part didn't make the sarcasm obvious as I thought it would.
 

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Don't agree. Its the manager's call to pick a player. The Arsenal match was more important than '3 points' it was a season defining match. Beat them and United were right in the mix and their confidence would have been damaged. Casimero is United's best player, by a country mile, you just do not risk it at Palace, against some sides maybe, but not Selhurst Park. And Garnacho was desperately needed at 60 mins.
This is not hindsight, its pretty obvious stuff. ETH is good, but he is fallible.
It’s definitely hindsight. Which only makes sense if we assume a booking against Palace was inevitable. All the moaning about Casemiro’s selection for that game ignores the fact he had already played 11 league games in which he didn’t get booked. Asking him to make it 12 was nowhere near the massive gamble that people are claiming it was with (yes) hindsight.
 

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Don't agree. Its the manager's call to pick a player. The Arsenal match was more important than '3 points' it was a season defining match. Beat them and United were right in the mix and their confidence would have been damaged. Casimero is United's best player, by a country mile, you just do not risk it at Palace, against some sides maybe, but not Selhurst Park. And Garnacho was desperately needed at 60 mins.
This is not hindsight, its pretty obvious stuff. ETH is good, but he is fallible.
I agree about Garnacho, but saying Arsenal away is more important than 3 points at CP is just idiocy considering we literally dropped the points. You can win the entire PL being average against the top sides and beating everyone else.

Holding Casemiro out of CP would have looked idiotic if he plays Sunday and we lose anyways, especially since a booking isn’t guaranteed on Wednesday.
 

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Its amazing not one has called it unlucky. We are so early in process yet Antony may well pack his bag and leave. The biggest mistake is the ref calling that goal against City. Licha was assaulted v Palace still showing the damage. Mctominay penalty not given. Arsenal game, Bruno winning the ball and Ramsdale contacting bruno is a pen in anyones book. All nothing from Var. Even less from media not even a discussion. Yes, I'm on Mctominay's back with criticism but that wont go away until he is no longer part of the picture ( he is protected from above). For the rest of the team and ETH I support the process. However, don't kid yourselves on here, there is now a clear agenda from the officials to give us nothing unless their hands are tied and its a clear punch in the penalty area. Arsenal 3rd goal Bruno's fault, out of position and not covering Zinchenko.
 
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Don't agree. Its the manager's call to pick a player. The Arsenal match was more important than '3 points' it was a season defining match. Beat them and United were right in the mix and their confidence would have been damaged. Casimero is United's best player, by a country mile, you just do not risk it at Palace, against some sides maybe, but not Selhurst Park. And Garnacho was desperately needed at 60 mins.
This is not hindsight, its pretty obvious stuff. ETH is good, but he is fallible.
It’s bonkers to even think we were in any kind of title race, let alone criticise the manager for playing our best team at Palace. United’s aim this season is top four, getting back into the CL is really all that matters right now. No game is worth more than 3 points, fans maybe buy into that stuff but no managers do.
 

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I pray he prioritises the midfield and makes us dominant in there because until that happens we will continue do nothing serious.
 

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It's really strange to start doubting ETH now. He should be given some leeway.
It's a recurring theme that United's 2nd half performance usually takes nosedive.
We got away with it few times, it was always going to bite us eventually, understandably so but last two games especially were one of the worst second halves under ETH. 2nd half against real sociedad away was another one

Is it fitness, lack of squad depth or mental issue? Nobody knows. It's something ETH must address
 

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He needs to magic up some options from his squad cos we're not buying anyone else and McT and Fred as the only senior bench options isn't going to see us through to May.

The other alternative is the starting 11 kicks the gas harder in the first 60 mins to take the pressure off the bench. I find that equally hard to believe based on our current bench options.

Maybe Iqbal/Pellestri can get some trust from ETH and the returning Sancho return with some form. Not very likely though.
 

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Mental that Henry is that much more reasonable and positive than any of the United lot.

I get the impression most of the United pundits still have something up their arse over Ole and/or Ronaldo and are halfway to actively wanting Ten Hag to fail. Feck them.
 

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We are one injury away from fielding Garnacho Weghorst Antony as our front line. Hopefully Sancho is back soon. ETH has shown enough already that he is the right man for the job, despite overspending on Antony. Our attacking play must improve ahead of next season.
 

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Before the season started I would have taken top 6 as long as there was noticeable progress and an established playing style. If we finish Top 4 I’d be delighted with that and a trophy would be a nice bonus on top! ETH doing a great job in my opinion.
 
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Rival legend with more objectivity than fans.

I also agree with the time in development. If the players had more guts about them at the start of the season how different could things have panned out. Oftentimes with Ole it felt like the players at his disposal was above his level of management. With Erik it feels like the players at his disposal are significantly levels below his vision and what he can offer the team. I feel like every individual below Dalot, Rashford, Casemiro and Martinez are restricting the manager.

I think the two factors that will place United back at a esteemed position is getting the right owners via a new sale that will back the manager. Sorting out the scouting infrastructure so that some solid recommendations can be made for emerging talent who can offer an immediate impact within 2 seasons.
 

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It's really strange to start doubting ETH now. He should be given some leeway.
Just the way it is these days. It’s a race to be the first to call someone shite so you can say you were right all along when they eventually get sacked.

The distance we’ve come in 6 months is staggering, especially when you consider how long Arteta has been at arsenal to get to this point, and we went toe to toe with them yesterday for most of the match. Give him a year and the players he wants and watch this space.
 

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the last week hasn't been amazing but I'm astonished at the progress we've made in such little time

was always 100% in favour of his appointment but I honestly expected a big struggle for top 4 with the state we were in last year

handled the Ronaldo saga perfectly

and he's improving players which is the key

Antony seems like the one blip so far, but the club should have the transfer structure in better shape in the future so we're not overly reliant on the managers picks and we don't rush and overpay on transfers - which is how it should be
 

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It's really strange to start doubting ETH now. He should be given some leeway.
Yeah it's a bit mad. He's exceeded expectations. Let's hammer him as soon as we drop some points.

If we had have beaten Crystal Palace it would have broken Jose's record for the longest winning streak since Fergie was around. As it is he just matched it and has managed a 70% win rate in his first 30 games. He's the real deal and he needs a lot more time to flesh out the squad with players suited to his game.

We've a good chance of a trophy and top 4 which would be good for his first year. Hopefully we get through these 10 games in the next 5 weeks without too many injuries.
 

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Provided we get new ownership how many of those do you think can be signed in the summer
No idea how far along the club are with possible targets and backup targets for the summer.
Also depends on player sales. There's a lot to do and maybe it cannot all be accomplished in one window but a solid 3 or 4 new players should put us in good stead for the next season. I'd be happy with that IMO.
 

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Post the full quotes!

Tbh i wouldn't get excited just yet. "Development" means feck all with this club. Gave Ole another 10 years and he still wouldn't win that EL final.
ETH probably will change that but he still need support from recruitment team.
 

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Don't agree. Its the manager's call to pick a player. The Arsenal match was more important than '3 points' it was a season defining match. Beat them and United were right in the mix and their confidence would have been damaged. Casimero is United's best player, by a country mile, you just do not risk it at Palace, against some sides maybe, but not Selhurst Park. And Garnacho was desperately needed at 60 mins.
This is not hindsight, its pretty obvious stuff. ETH is good, but he is fallible.
The problem is you were under the illusion we were ever in a title race.
Palace was the more winnable game. That by definition made it the more important game. Any points at Arsenal was a bonus. The manager did the right thing,
 

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It's a recurring theme that United's 2nd half performance usually takes nosedive.
We got away with it few times, it was always going to bite us eventually, understandably so but last two games especially were one of the worst second halves under ETH. 2nd half against real sociedad away was another one

Is it fitness, lack of squad depth or mental issue? Nobody knows. It's something ETH must address
It's all three.

Our poor away performances have gone in noticed until now. We need midfield reinforcements urgently. Otherwise, top 4 will be a massive struggle.
 

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Tbh i wouldn't get excited just yet. "Development" means feck all with this club. Gave Ole another 10 years and he still wouldn't win that EL final.
ETH probably will change that but he still need support from recruitment team.
impressive that you managed to shoehorn a whinge about Ole and the EL final into a reply about Thierry Henry praising our manager
 

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Tbh i wouldn't get excited just yet. "Development" means feck all with this club. Gave Ole another 10 years and he still wouldn't win that EL final.
ETH probably will change that but he still need support from recruitment team.
United already have more purpose and togetherness than I've seen in 10 years. There's enough evidence on the pitch to support the manager with whatever transfers he thinks he needs to push on.
 

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Tbh i wouldn't get excited just yet. "Development" means feck all with this club. Gave Ole another 10 years and he still wouldn't win that EL final.
ETH probably will change that but he still need support from recruitment team.
What are people like you going to do if we are ever successful again? You take so much pleasure out of being bitter and angry.
 

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Reading some of the comments in this thread makes me think some of our fan base is absolutely crazy.

Lost 3 points in added time in the space of three days and suddenly it's "ETH out" "Ole would of done better".

Don't jump back on the bandwagon.
 

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Reading some of the comments in this thread makes me think some of our fan base is absolutely crazy.

Lost 3 points in added time in the space of three days and suddenly it's "ETH out" "Ole would of done better".

Don't jump back on the bandwagon.
I don't know why you are surprised...This place has always been like this, go check the "He's Yong and lernin" thread on Ronaldo from a decade ago. People here wanted Fergie sacked at one point :lol:
 

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To be honest much of Arsenal's development is down to actually buying the right, young and hungry players in the last couple of years. In 3 years time we'll have a Casemiro that's 33 years old, a 32 year old Varane, a 31 year old Bruno and a 30 year old Shaw. So many of your top performers in their 30ies. DDG will be 35 by then. So I'm not sure we are much comparable to Arsenal unless we start investing in the right players for a change. Let's hope for owners that will be happy to spend and invest in this team.
 

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Reading some of the comments in this thread makes me think some of our fan base is absolutely crazy.

Lost 3 points in added time in the space of three days and suddenly it's "ETH out" "Ole would of done better".

Don't jump back on the bandwagon.
Im writing down names this time around. Same idiots who were ranting at the start of the season after one loss saying Pochettino was the clear answer.. he couldnt even let PSG's front 3 shine :lol: we're going to have a great second half of the season, these are mostly winnable games.
 

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It's all three.

Our poor away performances have gone in noticed until now. We need midfield reinforcements urgently. Otherwise, top 4 will be a massive struggle.
Yeah I think he needs that as well but isn't willing to let McTominay go and get replacement
 
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