Has Man United Graduated To A Genuine Premier League Title Contender?
The Red Devils have rejuvenated from their slump that witnessed Erik Ten Hag lose six points on two of the opening fixtures.
The newly appointed coach, Ten Hag, was heavily criticised by fans after succumbing to two defeats at the hands of Brighton Hove Albion and Brentford. This forced many to rule out Man United in the top four race or as title contenders.
But looking at current form, it seems like Manchester United is now galvanised and geared to ending this season in the top four, earning a UEFA Champions League ticket.
Though it might be too early to judge, Man United could seal the top four position – only if they maintain the current form, which has witnessed the Red Devils winning four games in a row.
So far, Ten Hag has managed to bag maximum points against rivals Liverpool (2-1), Southampton(1-0), Leicester City (1-0) and Arsenal (3-1).
Man United’s massive win against Arsenal, who were yet to taste a single defeat, has overseen Ten Hag’s side moving to position five on the log standing with 12 points- a point below fourth-placed Brighton Hove.
How Key Is Man United’s Spending So Far?
Man United have splashed approximately £215m, during this transfer window, signing Tyrell Malacia, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and the new whizkid Antony for a staggering £85m.
Apart from the above-mentioned, United also bargained after signing Christian Eriksen as a free agent.
All of the newly signed have impressed, proving to be key factors in Ten Hag’s squad. At the porous backline, Erik Ten Hag has fixed the problem by benching Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire, opting for Raphael Varane, Martinez and Malacia.
These have brought stability to Ten Hag’s defensive line as well as winning games for the former Ajax coach.
Yesterday, the new boy also showed a glimpse of what he is capable of bringing to Ten Hag’s squad after breaking the deadlock in the first half.
Antony scored a beauty on his debut after converting Marcus Rashford’s pass.
Commenting about Antony’s performances against Arsenal, Ten Hag said:
“He knows the style we want to play and what we expect and demand.
“He can be an offensive threat in one on ones; his speed – that makes a choice to play him.”