Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s decision proven correct amidst new injury crisis.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag made a decisive move when he took a stand against the club in the recently concluded summer transfer window.
He insisted on signing a full-back during the deadline day, and the latest injury development at the club has now vindicated this decision.
First-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka‘s recent injury, which will keep him out for several weeks, has underlined the wisdom of Ten Hag’s choice. Had he not pushed for Sergio Reguilon we would have been in deep trouble right now.
To address their defensive concerns, United secured the services of Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal, a signing orchestrated by Ten Hag himself.
According to The Athletic (Subscription Required) some within the club favoured promoting young talent Alvaro Fernandez to cover for the first-team full-backs, Ten Hag insisted on the need for an experienced full-back. In the end, Ten Hag’s unwavering stance received unanimous support.
Reguilon quickly made his debut for United in a match against Brighton & Hove Albion. Despite the team’s home defeat, the significance of having another experienced option became evident in light of Wan-Bissaka’s injury.
Currently, the United boss has only two full-back options at his disposal, Diogo Dalot and Reguilon.
Despite Fernandez’s impressive loan spell at Preston North End last season, stepping into the first team at United would have been a daunting responsibility for the young player, considering the pressure and the congested fixture schedule.
Ten Hag’s decision to bring in an experienced full-back has proved to be the correct call. The Red Devils have endured a nightmarish start to the season, with three losses in five Premier League games, coupled with injuries and off-field controversies.
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Ten Hag’s proactive approach to signing players based on the club’s needs has been vital in addressing these challenges.