24 Th3 2022 | 10:39
Ten Hag makes a revolution at Ajax
Erik ten Hag
The Dutch strategist possesses an almost perfect domestic record with Ajax. He led this team to win the Eredivisie title in 2018-19 and 2020-21. This season, although the race is not over when PSV has an impressive acceleration, but Ten Hag and his students are still in control of the championship race.
Besides, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019 also shows the bravery of the 52-year-old strategist in the European arena. This is considered a great encouragement for Man Utd, because since reaching the final of UCL 2011 until now, they have only stopped in the outer rounds.
It is also necessary to mention the ingenuity of Ten Hag in the market. Although Ajax has always had a habit of selling key stars, with his deep vision, he can still bring in quality elements, helping them continue to show dominance in the domestic arena.
The way Ajax are knocked out of the Champions League in 2019 could worry Man Utd, when Ten Hag’s side are holding a three-goal advantage with only 45 minutes left and still falling to Spurs. Likewise, the sudden elimination from the round of 16 this season, after a perfect victory in the group stage also set off alarm bells for the Red Devils.
In addition, the fact that former coach Utrecht has not yet taken over a big team also raises some doubts if he immediately goes to a team of the caliber and pressure like Man Utd.
The Argentine strategist has a long time working in the Premier League. It is the familiarity with the top league of the fog that will help Pochettino adapt more easily than Ten Hag.
Besides, the transfer style towards young players to build a long-term sustainable squad is also in line with the tradition that Man Utd has established.
Despite bringing significant strides forward at Spurs, Pochettino was unable to claim any trophies here. Meanwhile, Man Utd has also been in a similar situation since winning the Europa League in 2017. Therefore, Pochettino’s presence still brings great worry to the Red Devils’ fans.