Manchester United and its tryst with mediocrity: Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from the mantle of United’s coaching, the contingency has stepped into a period of endless uncertainty, hesitantly arcing towards desolation with occasional bursts of brilliance.
Despite possessing an extremely talented squad at disposal, injuries, doubts and controversies have plagued ever since. One of the major problems for Manchester United has been mindless purchases with exorbitant price tags that hardly fructified on the field. These have been led by the coaches who have tried to fill in those colossal boots that were left blank by Fergie.
The extraordinary sequence of succession has so far seemed pretty ordinary given the sky-high standards of Manchester United. Spanning from David Moyes to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the exploits haven’t been anywhere close to the panoply of silverwares that United plundered under the reign of Fergie and to add to their woes, the playing styles of Manchester has devolved dangerously more into a slugfest than the relentless excellence that the Devils conjured.
The current woes of Manchester United
United is currently managed by the German professor of Gegenpressing, Ralf Rangnick who has so far pulled out decent figures in his first ten games. It needed some digging to do but with the latest win over West Ham that rode on some late drama, the Devils has silently crept into the top four.
However, at the end of the season, United is supposed to deploy a full-time manager with Rangnick moving to the role of a technical director. There have been notable names doing the rounds that included the likes of Diego Simeone, Mauricio Pochettino and even a faint hint of Zinedine Zidane despite a strident blare of disapproval from the French stalwart.
Going by the latest reports, Manchester United is inclined to roping in Ajax manager, Erik ten Hag for the role of a full-time manager. Ajax has impressed heavily under the reign of ten Hag with the tag of being formidable giant-killers.
One of the most important aspects of ten Hag’s playing style has been the chemistry that has been forged by the Dutch boss amongst a bevy of youngsters. Whatever be his tactical shenanigans, he has impressed heavily with a rock-solid defence, one of the most glaring concerns of Manchester United with Varane and De Gea being the shiniest beacons of salvation in an otherwise murky sky of desperation.
Ten Hag’s superiority has allowed Ajax to be nestled at the top of the points table with a keen eye for their fourth consecutive triumph in the Eredivisie. Reports suggest that Manchester United’s board wants to conscript the Dutchman for their managerial responsibility.
They have been mighty impressed with the defensive display that ten Hag has been posting day in day out. With a probable word of United opting to rope in Nikola Milenkovic to sort out the problem at the heart of the defence. Even though the club is oscillating tremendously in the doldrums of uncertainty, the end of the season is expected to augur a decent overhaul.