‘It’s not a matter of philosophy’ – Erik Ten Hag already understands why Manchester United collapsed at the start of the season

The Red Devils bounced back and managed to get their first consecutive win since February, after having slumped at the bottom of the standings.

Erik ten Hag admitted that he understood what was the root cause of Manchester United’s poor performance in starting the Premier League campaign in the 2022/23 season.

The Red Devils started the season with two humiliating defeats in a row, 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion then beaten 4-0 by Brentford.

However, slowly but surely, they returned to winning ways. It started from beating eternal rivals, Liverpool 2-1 last week and Saturday (27/8) yesterday, 1-0 win over hosts Southampton.

Ten Hag: Manchester United’s problem is attitude, not tactics

Bruno Fernandes scored United’s lone goal at St Mary’s, which took his side to two straight wins for the first time since last February and Ten Hag has exposed what has been the source of United’s slump since then.

“You have to adapt and find a certain way to win games and that’s what we did today,” said the Dutchman.

“That’s the problem, especially in the second game. When you don’t give everything and you don’t have 100 per cent attitude and the right team spirit, you don’t have to talk about any philosophy or game plan. First, the important thing is to play as a team and the spirit and 100 percent commitment.”

Can Manchester United consistently maintain a positive trend?

The next test for United comes towards the end of this weekend by facing Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday (2/9), and Ten Hag certainly hopes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s future can be resolved soon.

After having slumped at the bottom of the standings, the victory over Soton brought United up to sixth place in the standings by collecting six points from four matches.


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