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Three things Erik ten Hag must do to save his job and Man United’s season

Manchester United have struggled this season and must change a few things if they want a positive end to the campaign.

With Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to take over football operations, Erik ten Hag needs to turn the second half of the season in his favour.

If the soon-to-be new owner does not see any progress in the style of play, he may consider replacing Ten Hag once this season ends.

His arrival at United felt like a breath of fresh air in 2022. After a positive first season, he has made some questionable calls this term, which has not helped the team’s cause.

We believe the Dutchman must do these three things to turn his and United’s fortunes around.

Replace current coaching staff with more technically adept coaches

Steve McClaren and Eric Ramsay must leave. There is a reason why McClaren’s career with England never took off.

The 62-year-old has been working with the United players for the last 18 months, but none of them have improved.

The assistants have a big role to play in the team’s tactical set-up and in-game management. 

Ten Hag has been criticised for his calls during the game. McClaren also deserves some of the heat.

Hiring Ramsay as a set-piece coach has not also helped the Red Devils. They are abysmal during attacking set-pieces and vulnerable when defending one.

Richarlison’s goal in Tottenham’s recent 2-2 draw with United was another example of how weak they have been in this department.

While Manchester City continue to evolve on set pieces, United resemble a team of amateurs.

Fix the midfield

Ten Hag had a very settled midfield last season. The trio of Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes complimented each other.

Due to injuries and poor form, things have fallen apart.

Mason Mount was signed from Chelsea in the summer to bring more dynamism to the midfield. 

His acquisition had the potential to be hailed as a smart one. However, it feels like his career at United is yet to start due to his recurring injuries.

The emergence of Kobbie Mainoo is great news for United, and Ten Hag must rely on the teenager.

The best possible solution for the United boss is to field a midfield partnership of Mainoo and Casemiro with Bruno Fernandes ahead of them.

Scott McTominay and Eriksen could be used from the bench if United are chasing the game. 

Take a backseat in recruitment

It is important for any club to allow the manager to form his team.

Ten Hag must have a say in transfer activity. However, the final decision cannot rest on him.

Recruitment under Ten Hag’s watch has been dismal, to say the least.

Apart from Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez, no new player has improved United.

Fingers should be pointed towards the Dutchman for signing Antony for €95 million. The Brazilian winger has been a major flop, and the road ahead looks even tougher for him.

Questions must also be asked about the signing of Andre Onana. The goalkeeper has made big blunders between the sticks and has rarely shown his ball-playing skills.