He’s Ole 3.0, he’s a fraud, he talks a game like Sir Alex but is on the level of Darren. Ok, so I put the last one in there, but those are just some of the over reaction’s to Manchester United losing their first game of the season to Brighton, which is embarrassing.
The Seagulls under Graham Potter are a refreshing side to watch, they’re full of art, craft and some guile. To put simply, Brighton under the former Swansea manager are a team well organised, but they can express themselves by going on the front foot in a match too.
Under Potter, in the three seasons he’s been at the helm, the football world can now see , his methods are starting to pay dividends.
With former manager Chris Hughton in charge, The Seagulls were a decent Premier League side, but under Hughton’s successor, Brighton have gone to a higher level. Last season’s ninth place finish, was their best ever in the Premier League.
Players such as Yves Bissouma leaving as well as Marc Cucurella, would be a big blow for any other side, but the 47-year old admirably never complains about any bad predicament.
A match last season between Brighton and Chelsea, where both managers were interviewed as the finest example of that. There is a reason why I mention all of this, because arguably Manchester United boss Erik Ten Haag is someone who can be like Graham Potter.
The Dutch boss needs time, which at Man United, success should be achieved without a ball being kicked. When a ball was kicked, realists should realise that this squad is threadbare and Ten Haag hasn’t been backed.
No De Jong (it’s been three months and waiting ), and United really did need someone to knit all their possession together into something more substantial in Sunday’s game.
One man who could do that (Christian Eriksen), was playing as a false nine to accommodate Martial being injured. The Red Devils looked laboured, build up was slow and they were lacking penetration in Sunday’s, but this isn’t the full fault of the manager.
Yes, Erik Ten Haag got some tactics wrong by not putting Rashford up top, but the Brighton game was a further demonstration, that it wasn’t Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the problem whilst they were in charge.
Man United are living off their past, they think their entitled to success. Getting rid of the right players, is something The Reds have done well in this window, but unless players like Anthony and De Jong don’t come in, then United fans mediocrity should be expected.
The manager is good enough, but this squad is not. Remember a lot of this squad is the same squad as Ole’s. Rome wasn’t built in a day. If Manchester United give Ten Haag some time and backing, which he will need in abundance, then Man United will be competitive.
They won’t be world beaters, but beaters of some. The hope is for United fans, it’s more beat than not beat. Ten Haag’s Ajax team reminds of Brighton’s, yes it’s changed a lot, but the DNA of the team remained whoever came in.
This football season is a long one. Manchester United isn’t full strength. Brighton for example weren’t either as they have been depleted too, but Graham Potter has got a system that anyone can come in and play in.
Patience is a virtue and with the expecting fan base that Manchester United fan is, Ten Haag might not get this virtue, and if he doesn’t it will be a case of here we go again.
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