Manchester United’s slice of Total Non-Football shows Ten Hag’s task | Barney Ronay

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In the days since Erik ten Hag’s announcement as Manchester United’s next manager the talk has turned, hungrily, to the scale of the task. There is a kind of relish in this. How many years are we talking now? What’s the current bid? I hear five. I hear six. How about 10 years. How about 100 years. How about infinite years.

It is a pointless discussion. Partly because it has no content, nothing but numbers plucked out of the air. Let’s face it, if you’re walking in the wrong direction you’re not going to get there at all. But there is also something deeply facile about hiring a first-team manager as a kind of balm. Fix us. Give us “a culture”. Make us like Ajax, while having none of the structures that make Ajax into Ajax. In many ways, bolting Ten Hag on to this ailing machine is up there with buying a replica shirt in the hope it might turn you into Johan Cruyff.

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Written by Barney Ronay at the Emirates Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2022/apr/23/manchester-united-show-signs-of-life-on-arsenals-afternoon under the title “Manchester United’s slice of Total Non-Football shows Ten Hag’s task | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.