Manchester United head into season’s second derby transformed by Ten Hag

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United were blitzed 6-3 at the Etihad in October but their revival since has been remarkable and they should test City

Manchester United’s turnaround between October’s derby with Manchester City and the return fixture on Saturday suggests Erik ten Hag can be the man who finally casts Sir Alex Ferguson’s gilded era in sepia.

At the Etihad Stadium United were blitzed 6-3 by the champions, going 4-0 down before half-time and 6-1 down after 64 minutes, on a dark afternoon for the club that featured hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden. Ten Hag’s men were fortunate not to suffer a double-digit defeat, and the Dutchman’s verdict was pithy: “We were not on the front foot and we were not brave in possession. [There] was a lack of belief.”

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Written by Jamie Jackson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/jan/13/manchester-united-head-into-derby-transformed-erik-ten-hag under the title “Manchester United head into season’s second derby transformed by Ten Hag”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.