Casemiro’s slow start and slow Ronaldo remind Ten Hag of United’s problems

A four-game winning streak in Premier League He gave reason to believe that Eric Ten Hag’s methods were beginning to take shape Manchester United.

Boring 1-0 defeat for Real Sociedad in European League It suggests that the wider Manchester United squad may need more time to learn the Dutch coach’s tactics.

Ten Hag made 5 changes to the winning team Arsenaland moving to the 4-3-3 form of the 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 that were employed last weekend, most notably the restoration of Cristiano Ronaldo To the starting lineup that surrounds him Anthony And the Anthony Elanga.

The veteran attacker had had a rough night, trying to lead an attack that tried to surround him with the kind of energy and sprint he was able to provide for himself.

Ten Hag refitted his midfield from Sunday’s win over Arsenal, bid Casemiro Full start, triple mooring including Christian Eriksen And the Unique. To the surprise of many in Old Trafford, Fred instead of Eriksen was the more advanced midfielder.

Ten Hag seemed to want to take advantage of the Brazilian midfielder’s energy levels and ball-winning ability to do defensive work for Ronaldo on his behalf.

When United came out of possession, they changed their format to a combined 4-2-3-1 as Fred was tasked with taking on Martin Zubemendi – Real Sociedad’s deepest central midfielder. It was an ambitious plan.

While Fred’s stamina levels allowed him to frequently press Zubimendi, his frequent missteps meant he could be overtaken by a clever attacker. If Fred wins the ball, his erratic passes leave him ill-equipped to distribute the ball in the attacking third.

Wingers Anthony and Ilanga rarely had possession in the areas to bother the Spanish side and Eriksen saw a lull in the first half before being substituted.

United central defense – featuring Harry Maguire on right Victor Lindelof She was slow to move the ball forward. Change the second half, bring Lisandro Martinez on l Diogo Dalot While Lindelof moved to the right-back position, he made improvements in the central areas, but his weakness was widespread.

Jadon Sancho Once again he struggled to create when playing against a full-back who couldn’t deliver overlapping runs. As it stands, the alternate side don’t know how to do the proper offensive rotation necessary to make Ten Hag’s plan work.

Casemiro’s performance will not tire Scott McTominay for Premier League kick-off. Tin Hag will need the 30-year-old, who arrived for 70 million pounds ($81.3 million) Real Madrid In the transfer window, to provide strength when splitting play rather than simply flooding the opponent’s goal with long-range efforts.

Playing ahead of an asynchronous midfield and inside a quiet wing has made life difficult for Ronaldo, but fans will worry about the lack of speed with which he attacks the goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo couldn’t hide his frustrations on a tough night (Photo: Jose Hernandez/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A promising 10th minute split saw Ronaldo slip out of second gear as he chased a ball over the top, instead letting Ilanga chase it.

Three minutes later, Ronaldo found himself – from an offside position – leading a promising counter-attack, only to be caught by two defenders. witnessed last month Muhammed Salisu And the Armel Bella Kochap The better part slipped from 20 yards to kick out the 37.

Visiting Real Sociedad fans mocked the full-time striker, chanting “Where’s CR7?” in Spanish.

Defeat to La Real leaves United in a difficult spot for the rest of the Europa League season. Up until this point, Tin Hag had been timid about his ambitions to compete in secondary competition in Europe, preferring to talk about wanting to “win every match”.

Sherif Tiraspol’s 3-0 win over Omonia Nicosia means the United manager will have to produce a stronger-than-expected squad if his side are to top Group E and avoid a draw in the Round of 32.

Real Madrid needed a hotly contested penalty on Thursday, but Ten Hag is likely to be more concerned than Ronaldo.

It’s not just how and when the attacker presses the opposing team when defending, he no longer appears to have the acceleration speed he used to get past defenders when attacking, while his rudimentary passing play meant his attempts to slip deep and help build. -up gameplay often deviates.

A header in the 34th minute was a reminder of his scoring potential, but was charged for offside.

with Anthony Martial Injured, he leaves Tin Hag with a few alternatives, but Ronaldo needs more help than ever to be a leading striker. Being an active runner in turn 10 is not enough to cover his defensive weaknesses. There must now be a greater effort to surround it with game makers to increase its power.

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