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3 question marks waiting for Ten Hag at Man Utd

12 Apr 2022 | 14:40

 Leading Manchester United, Erik ten Hag will face problems related to personnel issues.

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1. Ronaldo has a future at Old Trafford?

Although Cristiano Ronaldo has turned 37 years old, he still maintains a remarkable goal-scoring form. After 34 matches in all competitions this season, Ronaldo contributed 18 goals and 3 assists. He is currently the number one striker at Man Utd.

However, Ronaldo’s future remains in doubt at Old Trafford. The problem is not only the dissatisfaction of CR7 because Man Utd is at risk of missing the Champions League appointment next season, the story also lies in the judgment of Erik ten Hag, who wants to build a youthful framework at the club.
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 Ronaldo’s future is in doubt.

All of that could drive Ronaldo – who signed a two-year contract to return to the club last August, with the option to extend for a further 12 months – away. Ten Hag wants to create a cohesive team that plays football like the way Man City shows. If Ronaldo stays, he cannot carry out that plan because the Portuguese star always wants to become the main nucleus in the teams.

2. Is Rice the answer to midfield?

Finding a balance for midfield is a conundrum at Man Utd. However, when Paul Pogba faces the prospect of leaving Man Utd in the summer of 2022, Rangnick will easily make changes with the main target of Declan Rice.

Rice has been described by former MU manager David Moyes as “the best English player this season” and West Ham will only accept a price of at least £ 150 million to sell people.

 

Chelsea will be a competitor to Man Utd and when the Blues are troubled by a fine from the government, the opportunity for the Red Devils to complete the deal is not without. 

Rice is the man who can bring balance and distribution over the next decade at Old Trafford. Man Utd under Ten Hag can open a new dynasty with a record deal.

3. Choose Sancho as the nucleus, and Rashford?

Man Utd expected them to fly high on the wings of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. However, after signing Sancho, Man Utd could not enjoy it.

Rashford fell badly, which made him excluded from the national team focus list in March. Sancho was also not interested, but he played sublimely under Rangnick.
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 Sancho and Rashford belong to two extremes. 

Before the final international break, Sancho had started six games in five weeks, scoring twice and providing three assists. After a not-so-smooth start at Old Trafford, the player born in 2000 became a rare ray of light in the season of Man Utd’s complete failure.

With coach Ten Hag’s feat of raising young players, there is no doubt that Sancho will be respected. Most especially, the Dutch strategist can put Sancho as the core of the gameplay.

As for Rashford, everything is blurry. A shoulder injury delayed Rashford’s start of the season so he could not find himself all the time. The star born in 1997 needs a new coach with new ideas to find the boom again. Ten Hag has the ability to help the English striker do just that.

(Translated from Sky Sports)

Lu Feng | 19:06 12/04/2022