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Owen Hargreaves praises Man United boss Erik ten Hag for his ruthless changes at Old Trafford

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Owen Hargreaves praises Erik ten Hag for his ruthless changes at Old Trafford… as he warns Man United’s stars that they simply ‘won’t play’ in the event that they don’t perform for the Dutchman

  • Owen Hargreaves has been impressed by Erik ten Hag’s ruthless decisions
  • Ten Hag has not been afraid to vary his side when players aren’t performing
  • Hargreaves feels that is the correct option to go, and has warned United’s star that they will not play in the event that they don’t play consistently well 

Owen Hargreaves has been impressed by Erik ten Hag’s ruthless streak since he arrived at Manchester United in the summertime.

Ten Hag has seen his team lose 4 times already this season, and he has not been afraid to ring the changes between matches to try to seek out the correct balance for his side.

He has already dropped Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire within the opening weeks of the season, and he has been joyful to bring off high-profile players during games as well.

Erik ten Hag made some ruthless changes during Man United’s game against Omonia Nicosia

Scott McTominay came off the bench to score the winning goal for United in stoppage time

Scott McTominay got here off the bench to attain the winning goal for United in stoppage time

In Thursday night’s 1-0 win against Omonia Nicosia within the Europa League, ten Hag hauled off summer signings Antony, Casemiro and Tyrell Malacia within the second half, and Scott McTominay got here off the bench to net the winning goal. Speaking after the match, Hargreaves praised ten Hag for being proactive along with his substitutions.

‘He’s got his finger on the heartbeat. He knows when the team shouldn’t be performing and who’s not,’ Hargreaves told BT Sport.

‘And should you’re not playing well he’ll take you off and make changes and also you won’t play. There are only 4 or five players guaranteed to start out, and now he’s made changes and people players (who got here on) may play on the weekend.’

Ten Hag appeared to be selecting his preferred starting XI when United won 4 straight league games before the international break last month.

Hargreaves has been impressed by ten Hag's decision-making at Old Trafford this season

Hargreaves has been impressed by ten Hag’s decision-making at Old Trafford this season

Nevertheless, United then suffered a humiliating 6-3 defeat against Manchester City earlier this month, forcing ten Hag right into a re-think.

He brought Casemiro, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial into his starting line-up for the following league game against Everton which United won 2-1.

Hargreaves believes ten Hag continues to be attempting to determine his best team, but he thinks the 52-year-old has done a ‘great job’ of rotating his squad and keeping United competitive, with the Red Devils currently just a degree outside the highest 4.

‘He hasn’t settled on his best XI because he’s got a giant squad but I feel he’s doing an excellent job of creating changes when he needs something,’ Hargreaves said.

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