Erik Ten Hag's has redeemed himself - and it's well earned

Published on 26 November 2023 at 20:00

Despite a lackluster beginning to his 23/24 campaign, Manchester United gaffer Erik Ten Hag has managed to claw his way to retribution. 

On a night which ought to be shaky, Manchester United secured a 3-0 victory against Everton at the famous Goodison Park. While remaining to show signs of slight disjointedness amongst the squad, it seems as though, at least for the time being, that Erik Ten Hag is safe in his treasured manager role. A position sought after by many managers around the world – the United job is not an easy one, with legends such as Jose Mourinho, Ryan Giggs and Louis Van Gaal all failing to meet the standard left in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. 


In his debut season. Ten Hag’s switch from Ajax to United seemed bountiful – to say the least. The acquisition of the EFL Cup, UCL placement and a FA Cup final won over the hearts of United fans around the world. Statistically, the Dutch manager seemed a surefire bet for title contention in the 23/24 campaign, only for any such hopes to be derailed following a poor beginning to the season. 


Failing to overcome poor form, United have conceded 5 losses in 13 games so far this season, with 3 of them being within the first 5 games – enough to worry any fan. Of course, sacking culture’s ability to enter the discussion of Ten Hag’s role at the club was swiftly enacted. The fan base was split – with many seeking to implement damage control and reinstate a new manager, while others wished to give Ten Hag a chance. From trending Twitter hashtags such as “#TenHagOut” to rampant punditry on the matter, a strong feeling of insecurity was ever growing around Erik Ten Hag’s spot. 


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One thing was clear and understood – Ten Hag was motivated and unwilling to give up.  

“They can expect, I am responsible for this team, for the performance, for the result – together with my squad,” he said. “In this moment we don’t get the results and they are then disappointed; I can understand that. Yeah, we have to do better” Ten Hag stated back in early October.  

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Appreciating the difficulty of the task at hand, Erik Ten Hag proved his word is his bond – leading United back into relatively decent form before the arrival of December. Securing four victories from their last five games, United seem to be steadying their consistency, ensuring the safety of Ten Hag’s role for the time being. Coupled with the recent investment into the club by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, it would not be premature to say hope is on the horizon for Manchester United fans. 


Written by Oisin O'Sullivan

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