Ten Hag, who took the reins in 2022, was a bit lucky. The fact that United’s owners announced their desire to sell the club mid-season last year protected the Dutchman to some extent. All eyes were on who would buy the club, so United’s deteriorating play on the pitch didn’t attract much attention, especially this season. However, that is now changing. Recently, fans have started to pay attention to more than just the capabilities of the owners.
United are currently in sixth placeThey lost to Copenhagen in November, and in Wednesday’s deciding game they led by two goals twice but eventually secured a 3-3 draw. This is nothing new, they have squandered their advantage in Europe’s premier club tournament before this season.
Ten Hag have admitted their mistakes. But how sincere he is is unknown. In a post-match interviewBut for the club that has become the most successful in English soccer over the past three decades, second, third or fourth place is irrelevant.
In any case, compared to winners Manchester City and second-placed Arsenal, their play last season left much to be desired: in 38 matches o Premier League titles (13), with the most recent coming in 2012-13, this barren streak is a sore point they find hard to explain. Of course, things are wrong at various levels, starting with the owners, but the ten Hags are also part of the system.United are one of the greatest clubs in the world, boasting a rare popularity on every continent. Perhaps only the Brazilian national soccer teams of the past could match it in popularity. The 53-year-old, the fifth permanent appointment at the club since Ferguson’s resignation, must realize that nothing short of a major trophy will satisfy United’s thirsty fans. Now the club