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Manchester United fan view: ‘Ten Hag gives me hope – unlike the Glazers’

Fri, 04/22/2022 - 12:00

Road back to challenging for titles is long and new manager needs proper backing with no interference from money men

The appointment of a new Manchester United manager used to be as rare as a trophyless season at Old Trafford, yet it now feels almost as frequent. Between the summers of 1977 and 2013 only three men held the title of manager, the same number United have had this season alone.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, there have been five United managers (seven counting caretakers), a sad indictment of how far we have fallen.

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Erik ten Hag is the best coach I have played under – these are the reasons why | Willem Janssen

Fri, 04/22/2022 - 08:00

At Utrecht he transformed me and had the skill to make his vision a reality, even if his method was annoying at the start

Erik ten Hag changes your club, your team, yourself. Your vision on football, on cooperation, on the importance of new methods, of professionalism.

You even get a new idea of ​​your own qualities. I was an attacking midfielder for a long time but under him I became a centre-back. I was already 28. I became captain and gained so much more insight into the game – a whole new world opened up.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 04/22/2022 - 00:02

Kevin De Bruyne is still key for Manchester City, Aston Villa are in familiar form and Brighton seek home comfort

While their team was unconvincing and a little bit lucky in their midweek draw with Leicester and the win against Manchester United that preceded it, Everton fans will not care too much how their players perform, or how many goals go in, as long as they can keep hoovering up enough points to keep them ahead of Burnley in the table. On Sunday they make the short trip to Anfield and, given the respective recent performances of themselves and their hosts, it is difficult to envisage anything other than an emphatic Liverpool win. But this is a derby, albeit one where form only very occasionally goes out the proverbial window. While it seems impossible to make a case for Everton derailing Liverpool’s title hopes while taking a further step towards safety by snatching even a single point, far stranger things have happened. BG

Liverpool v Everton, Sunday 4.30pm (all times BST)

Manchester City v Watford, Saturday 3pm

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Erik ten Hag faces tough task to turn Manchester United’s ghost ship around | Barney Ronay

Thu, 04/21/2022 - 20:39

The Dutchman will seek to bring warmth and coherence to an ailing celebrity club – it would be hard work for any manager

Welcome to Manchester, Erik. We’ve been expecting you. Here it comes at last, the latest rummage, the latest mystery gift from the Manchester United managerial lucky dip.

There is a game you can play with the managerial appointments of the post-Ferguson years. This is an appointment process so refined it has, to date, dished up five random, ill-fitting, hilariously oscillating selections in the course of the past decade.

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Manchester United’s Harry Maguire receives bomb threat to his home

Thu, 04/21/2022 - 16:20
  • Cheshire police investigate and send explosives dog
  • Maguire lives with fiancee and their two children

Harry Maguire received a bomb threat to his home on Wednesday, with Cheshire police launching an investigation and establishing that the Manchester United captain was sent an emailed warning.

On Thursday afternoon police officers and an explosives dog attended Maguire’s home, where he lives with his fiancee, Fern Hawkins, and their two children.

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Manchester United confirm Erik ten Hag as new manager – live updates!

Thu, 04/21/2022 - 12:15

One man who will be pleased by the appointment is Donny van de Beek. The midfielder worked under Ten Hag with great success at Ajax but has been a marginal figure at Old Trafford, and is now out on loan at Everton where he is battling against relegation. Maybe being reunited with his former boss will kickstart his Premier League career at Manchester United.

A first mention of Pochettino in the blog there. A man who must be wondering if moving to PSG was worth it after all. It has not done much for his reputation, that’s for sure. I suspect if Ten Hag’s United do not start like a house on fire, then there will be no shortage of mentions of the Argentinian.

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Ronaldo, Maguire, structure: Ten Hag’s key issues at Manchester United

Thu, 04/21/2022 - 12:00

We look at five significant matters the new manager must tackle, including the areas where signings are most urgent

The big and loaded question: can the manager actually wield enough influence over the beast that is Manchester United to do it his way? This is a chicken-egg conundrum because winning games and trophies convinces players and the executive but conviction is required from players and the executive for the manager to have his decisions backed and to be a winning No 1. Then there is the club’s particular byzantine brew of politics and peccadilloes. At United Richard Arnold is the chief executive but the real finger on the button is across the Atlantic. And there are six: one for each of the Glazer siblings who own United and reside in Florida. Joel Glazer may be the day-to-day, hands-on chief of the owners but any major decision has to be okayed, too, by Avram, Darcie, Kevin, Bryan and Edward, who are also directors. This vote-by-committee via a five-hour, stateside time lag is hardly slick and streamlined, particularly when the depth of the owners’ collective football knowledge is unclear. Then there is Erik ten Hag’s main point of contact: John Murtough, the football director, who is a year into his role. Can Murtough be the Txiki Begiristain (Manchester City’s seriously astute sporting director) to the Dutchman’s (hopeful) Pep Guardiola?

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Erik ten Hag: the challenge facing Manchester United's new manager – video

Thu, 04/21/2022 - 11:25

Erik ten Hag has been appointed Manchester United's new manager and expectations are inevitably high. The former Ajax boss faces a challenge as pressure for the team to rebuild and improve rapidly grows. However, he has been highly commended by many in the football world – and is believed to have been very vocal in talks about his criticisms over United's recruitment policy. 

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Erik ten Hag is appointed as new permanent Manchester United manager

Thu, 04/21/2022 - 11:10

Manchester United have confirmed that Erik ten Hag will be their new manager on contract to June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year. The Dutchman will leave his role as Ajax head coach and begin his Old Trafford tenure after the end of this season.

Ten Hag has spent more than four years in charge of Ajax, winning the Dutch league and cup double in 2018-19 and 2020-21. His team lost the 2022 cup final to PSV last Sunday but are on course to secure another league title.

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Klopp’s show of pity is a damning sign of Manchester United’s plight | David Hytner

Wed, 04/20/2022 - 16:01

Liverpool’s manager tried to defend his outclassed opponents, who must somehow rouse themselves for trip to Arsenal

It is a familiar post-match scene. The manager sits up on a little stage, the press down in front of him, and attempts to explain it all away, to make his excuses. And so there we were at Anfield on Tuesday night, in the aftermath of Manchester United’s 4-0 hiding by Liverpool, a result that begged many questions, including whether it had been more or less humiliating for the visitors than the previous instalment. That was last October, when Liverpool won 5-0 at Old Trafford.

How had it happened again? The club is “obviously in a difficult situation”, came the response, a line that touched on United’s myriad problems, taking in the fan fury towards the ownership and even some of the players, the lack of joined-up thinking, the dismal form, a selection crisis.

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Senior Manchester United scouts leaving after combined 24 years’ service

Wed, 04/20/2022 - 12:20
  • Chief scout Jim Lawlor going in summer after 16 years
  • Global head of scouting Marcel Bout has left, club say

Manchester United’s chief scout will leave in the close season and the club’s global head of scouting has gone in moves that may allow an overhaul of recruitment when the expected appointment of Erik ten Hag as the new manager occurs.

Jim Lawlor, the chief scout, joined United in 2006 under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Marcel Bout was part of Louis van Gaal’s coaching staff before becoming global head of scouting in 2016.

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'Extremely embarrassing': Rangnick calls for United rebuild after loss to Liverpool – video

Wed, 04/20/2022 - 10:38

A frustrated Ralf Rangnick has branded Manchester United’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield as 'extremely embarrassing ... maybe even humiliating'.

Comparing the side to their opponents, Rangnick said: 'We have to accept they are six years ahead of us now. When Jürgen Klopp came [in October 2015] they changed at the club and lifted not just the team but the club and city to a new level. That is what needs to happen with us in the next transfer windows.' The defeat leaves United in sixth place, denting their Champions League qualification hopes.

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Ralf Rangnick angry after Manchester United’s ‘humiliating’ loss to Liverpool

Tue, 04/19/2022 - 23:59
  • Hosts top of the Premier League after 4-0 win at Anfield
  • Rangnick: ‘It is embarrassing, they are six years ahead of us’

A clearly unhappy Ralf Rangnick branded Manchester United’s 4-0 rout by Liverpool at Anfield as “embarrassing and humiliating”, with Jürgen Klopp’s team pulling two points ahead in the Premier League title race before Manchester City host Brighton on Wednesday.

Rangnick made the surprise selection of Phil Jones in an unfamiliar three-man defence which was breached after only five minutes by Luis Díaz. Two goals from Mohamed Salah and a Sadio Mané strike completed a Liverpool league double over United with an aggregate score of 9-0.

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Thiago orchestrates Liverpool’s humiliation of Manchester United | Andy Hunter

Tue, 04/19/2022 - 23:44

While his fellow No 6 Paul Pogba limped off, the Spain international left Anfield drooling with his midfield masterclass

An aggregate score of 9‑0 this season is a fair representation of Liverpool’s superiority over Manchester United and the highest number of goals they have scored against their old rivals in a single campaign since 1895‑96, when United were known as Newton Heath. The tale of the two No 6s on display at Anfield encapsulated why such a chasm exists.

In the United No 6 was Paul Pogba, an expensive, richly rewarded asset who lasted 10 minutes before limping off injured, perhaps never to be seen playing for the club again before leaving on a free transfer this summer.

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Liverpool go top after Mohamed Salah leads torment of Manchester United

Tue, 04/19/2022 - 22:09

With the second-half restart delayed, bizarrely, while the referee, Martin Atkinson, had his microphone refitted, Manchester United’s players tried to stay on their toes by passing a ball about. The Kop responded with olés. It was a typically caustic judgment but one that felt entirely appropriate.

To borrow another line from the Liverpool support, their arch rivals hardly touched the ball during what was another chastening defeat. After the 5-0 Old Trafford shellacking from last October, this was another occasion that showed Liverpool to be on an altogether different plane.

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Liverpool 4-0 Manchester United: Premier League – live reaction!

Tue, 04/19/2022 - 21:54

United get the ball rolling ... but only after everyone takes a knee. The gesture is met with good grace. There’s no room for racism.

The teams are out! Liverpool wear red, forcing Manchester United into their Sharp / Lee Sharpe throwback strip. Speaking of retro stylings, here’s the very kind Justin Kavanagh: “A great Joy of Six, Scott, as always. However, with Phil Jones in, and Crisitano Ronaldo out, I’m not sure how much further nostalgia United fans can take. To put it in perspective, imagine a recently resigned Luis Suárez was out tonight for Liverpool, and Danny Wilson was getting a surprise recall.” We’ll be off in a couple of minutes.

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Cristiano Ronaldo on compassionate leave and will miss game at Liverpool

Tue, 04/19/2022 - 12:16
  • Manchester United say ‘family more important than everything’
  • On Monday he announced his son had died during childbirth

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in the Manchester United squad for Tuesday’s Premier League game at Liverpool after the death of his baby son, the club have stated.

Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, announced on Monday night that the infant had died during childbirth, and the 37-year-old forward is on compassionate leave.

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Bruno Fernandes set to face Liverpool despite car crash on way to United training

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 22:39
  • Ralf Rangnick says midfielder will ‘be OK’ for Tuesday
  • No serious injuries reported after accident on Monday

Ralf Rangnick is unhappy with the rescheduling of Manchester United’s match against Chelsea for Thursday week, with the club to raise the issue with the Premier League.

The Premier League fixture had to be moved from 15 May as Chelsea are in the FA Cup final which is that day. With United at Liverpool on Tuesday, Arsenal on Saturday and now hosting Chelsea on 28 April, they have three of their final six matches in nine days as they try to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League. United are fifth, three points behind Tottenham.

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Klopp urges Liverpool to be greedy for points against Manchester United

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 22:30
  • Liverpool will go top of Premier League with at least a draw
  • Klopp calls for hosts ‘to be angry in a good way’

Jürgen Klopp has said Manchester United’s visit to Anfield must be considered the most important three points of Liverpool’s lives when they attempt to displace Manchester City at the Premier League summit on Tuesday.

Liverpool can follow their FA Cup semi-final victory against City by replacing Pep Guardiola’s team at the top of the table, for 24 hours at least, with a point against Ralf Rangnick’s underachieving side.

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Manchester United short on the intensity the modern game demands | Barney Ronay

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 22:00

As they travel to Anfield with another managerial appointment imminent, United have much to do to compete at the very top again

It is a mark of what a sorrowful environment Manchester United has become, a place of mournful noises, clanking chains, shouts through the wall, that the only idea to have met with near-unanimous approval in the past few months was the prospect of bulldozing Old Trafford into the ground and starting over.

There are at least some notes of comfort before the Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Tuesday night. First, the game is at Anfield, where United players being jeered by the crowd represents a return to everyday normality. And second, there has been something comforting of late in the public statements of Ralf Rangnick, whose time as interim manager has evolved into a kind of soft-pedalled trauma therapy.

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