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One got Right, Four things Erik ten Hag got wrong as Man Utd lost tense encounter with Newcastle

Erik ten Hag’s decisions came under scrutiny as Manchester United faced a tense encounter with Newcastle, resulting in their sixth Premier League defeat of the season. Here’s a breakdown of what ten Hag got right and wrong in this frosty clash at St James’ Park.

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Things Ten Hag Got Wrong:

  1. Martial Over Hojlund: Opting for Anthony Martial over Rasmus Hojlund to lead the line was a questionable decision. Martial’s lackadaisical performance, coupled with a tizzy with Ten Hag, raised eyebrows. Given the energy and physicality of Newcastle, choosing a less motivated Martial over Hojlund seemed to be an unmistakable mistake.
  2. Varane Benched: Despite Luke Shaw’s commendable performances at center-back, the absence of Raphael Varane, United’s experienced defender, raised questions. Rumors of a behind-the-scenes fallout aside, leaving Varane out, especially against Newcastle’s pace and physicality, seemed an oversight. Maguire’s erratic second-half display and an offside position leading to an equalizer hinted at the absence of Varane.
  3. Rashford on the Right: Marcus Rashford’s deployment on the right side of the attack drew criticism, despite his recent switch bringing success. Rashford appeared uncomfortable in the role, and his lack of impact was evident. Considering his strong performances on the left, Ten Hag might want to reconsider his position.
  4. Giving Mainoo a Start: Starting 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo in central midfield was a brave move, but it proved to be the wrong one. Mainoo struggled to make an impact against Newcastle’s energetic midfield, raising questions about the timing of this bold decision.

Things Ten Hag Got Right:

  1. Shaw at Center Back: Luke Shaw’s deployment at center-back, although used as emergency cover, proved effective. He looked comfortable and emerged as United’s most reliable defender in a match where they had few respites.

While Ten Hag made some questionable choices, his use of Shaw in defense was a positive note in an otherwise challenging game.

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