Manchester United manager in continuation of the rebuilding and consolidation process at Old Trafford has appointed group of 4 players to lead Manchester United. This is part of his end endeavour to fundamentally alter the club’s culture and turn around the misfortunes.
No doubt the Dutch manager has got a long way to go in achieving this goal and competing with the top teams in Europe, he has made significant progress in this direction.
Despite the Red Devils’ thrashing at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s side on derby day at the Etihad, the mood is significantly better than it was under interim manager Ralf Rangnick months ago.
At the center of Ten Hag’s revolution is a solid core of four players who are driving his vision within the locker room.
These four players, according to James Ducker of The Telegraph, are Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Tom Heaton, and David de Gea.
Ducker reports, “Fernandes and Heaton, often the glue trying to hold things together last season, can see an improving culture.”
According to Ducker, the impact of De Gea and his deputy Heaton should not be diminished, as the two have significant trench support.
Ten Hag is nonetheless still the driving force behind change and has won the respect and dread of his players and staff in equal measure.
“The manager is seen as a genuine and fundamentally decent person but he’s tough, serious, driven, detail-oriented and unforgiving of unprofessionalism, sloppiness, or lack of effort,” said a source close to the dressing room. “So you have a dynamic where he is genuinely liked and admired but he has everyone on their toes and there’s an edge about the place in a positive sense.”
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In addition to Ten Hag’s four reliable lieutenants, his fresh recruits have inspired the other players to greater heights.
An example is Argentine defender, Lisandro Martinez, who is described as a diligent individual, collected, outspoken and optimistic.
The defender is also recognized for his willingness to interact with players of all ages and provide a hand when needed.
Casemiro and Christian Eriksen are understated leaders who demand respect and authority in the background, similar to Raphael Varane.
During the tenures of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rangnick, clique formation was prevalent. According to Ducker, the two have made it practically impossible for cliques to form.
On the other hand, Eriksen has developed a closer relationship with staff and with Bruno Fernandes, his partner in the midfield during games.
Also, the two new Eredivise additions have brought an extra edge, intensity, and grit to training sessions, and their enthusiasm for the club is obvious every day in Carrington. Malacia is always the final player to leave the training facility.
United supporters will be glad to note that the new arrivals have quickly established themselves within the team and inspired others with their vivacious personalities. With any luck, this will be a long-lasting situation whose ripple effects will lead to fresh success and be felt for a very long time.