Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has praised the team’s performance in the win over Tottenham.
Manchester United beat Tottenham 2-0 and the scoreline should have been wider, if not for a string of saves from Hugo Lloris.
Erik ten Hag told his press conference that he enjoyed watching United’s performance, and regarded it as the team’s most complete performance since he took the manager job.
Former United ace Hargreaves believes Ten Hag is already establishing his way of playing from former club Ajax.
‘Ajax football has come to United’
2008 Champions League winner Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “I thought United played great and that was probably [what] United fans would have anticipated, the style of football Erik ten Hag had at Ajax, that brand of football where they dominated games.
“The possession, they were aggressive, they scored goals, and that felt like the most Erik ten Hag performance from his Ajax time, it’s come to United now, that bodes well, I think United fans will be absolutely delighted.”
Ten Hag’s Ajax side last season was mean defensively despite the way they scored goals prolifically, and his Manchester United team are building the same characteristics.
Tottenham forwards Harry Kane and Heung Min Son were easily nullified, with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez delivering another clean sheet.
The defensive solidity has given United a platform to perform, and with Casemiro now protecting the defence, the team are tough to break down.
Even though United won games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it never felt sustainable because the team were so regularly overrun in midfield, and eventually it caught up with the team and imploded.
As Hargreaves points out, United are dominating matches under Ten Hag, and once a prolific striker is added to the team, the side could start to really blow the opposition away.