“Quite good position” – Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United have made a good start to the Premier League

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United have had a good start in the Premier League.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag asserts that United are currently in a healthy position in the Premier League. The United boss admitted that his club has faced trouble but remains optimistic about the situation they’re in.

The Red Devils have lost nine games from 18 matches in all competitions this season while facing an injury crisis. United have won seven games in the Premier League while losing five matches so far this season.

However, United are three points away from the top four even though fourth-place Liverpool have a game in hand. The Red Devils finished third in the Premier League last season and achieved qualification for the Champions League.

Erik ten Hag after Manchester United's loss in the 2023 FA Cup final against Manchester City.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is optimistic about the club’s position in the Premier League. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Furthermore, United won the Carabao Cup as Ten Hag managed to end their six-year trophy drought in his first season.

Ten Hag told the reporter (h/t Manchester Evening News) that his team have done well in the Premier League. He said:

“Now we have won four of our last five games in the Premier League, which is good. We are actually in a quite good position. If you oversee all the trouble we had, we are in a very good position. That is a reason to be optimistic”

Ten Hag struggled to build cohesion and a particular style of play this season as his players struggled with form. Many experts have criticized the Dutchman for forsaking the philosophy that gave him success during his tenure at Ajax. The 53-year-old earned a global reputation with his team’s brilliant performances in the Champions League which attracted the United job.

Ten Hag deployed a rigid 4-2-4 formation against Copenhagen in the Champions League and Luton Town in the Premier League. The formation has brought better balance in the starting eleven as players showed more cohesion and purpose. United captain Bruno Fernandes played in his preferred position just behind the main forward in an advanced playmaker role.

The United boss deployed a double-pivot midfield starting the transition instead of relying on the transition from much deeper. Additionally, the wide attackers played near the byline to stretch the opposition’s midfield and defence creating spaces.

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Ten Hag need to guide his team through tough fixtures once the November international break ends. The Red Devils play Galatasaray and Bayern Munich in the must-win Champions League games to avoid an early elimination. On the other hand, they play Everton, Newcastle United, Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham in the Premier League in December.