Manchester United manager target Ten Hag shows his attacking attitude with comments after Ajax win
Manchester United have struggled to string together a run of wins this season and this is tied to a failure to be clinical in front of goal.
Part of it is also down to mindset, with this United side failing to display the ruthless edge necessary to steamroller opponents.
Potential United boss Erik Ten Hag has shown he has that this season, with his Ajax side scoring more than 100 goals in all comeptitions already.
Ajax won 3-2 at the weekend against RKC Waalwijk, and had an uncharacteristic bump on the way to three points, giving up a 2-0 half-time lead for the opponents to tie at 2-2, before Dusan Tadic struck a late winner.
Ten Hag was not happy with his team, and showed his attacking attitude with his post-match comments.
The Dutchman told ESPN Netherlands: “If it is 2-0 at halftime, then you should actually run to 5-0. That often happens, but not tonight. We escaped.
“There was a dramatic switch. Then we started taking a lot of risk. Taking too much risk.”
Ten Hag likes his teams to attack, in a controlled manner, not a cavalier way. It does not always go to plan, but this season more often than not, his Ajax side have won games, and won them heavily.
United need a manager with a confident winning attitude like this. The current squad lack belief, and need a coach who can bring an overhaul.
Rangnick admires Ten Hag
Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick spoke highly of Erik Ten Hag at the weekend, talking up the Dutchman’s work.
Rangnick was quoted by Sky Sports: “I don’t know him to start with as a person, but I’ve seen how Ajax have developed since he’s been there. I know about the work he did while he was at Bayern Munich and it’s obvious he’s one of the top coaches in Europe but there are a few others.”
Director of football John Murtough is leading the search, which will ultimately be signed off by new CEO Richard Arnold, who was at The Etihad for Sunday’s embarrassing defeat.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is a candidate too, and his future may become more clear after the French side’s Champions League last 16 second leg against Real Madrid this week.
PSG have a 1-0 lead from the first leg. If they lose, Pochettino could become easier for United to land. Progress, and they will be more determined to keep him.