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Manchester United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson, has been full of praise for Erik Ten Hag after he watched his former side win the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday. Ferguson, who is the club’s most successful manager, has been a regular at United games all season and believes Ten Hag had done a fantastic job at Old Trafford so.
The Dutchman has transformed a United which have struggled in recent years and currently has them comfortably in third place in the Premier League table. On top of that, he has now secured his first trophy as United boss and will have his eyes set on two more in the FA Cup and Europa League.
Ten Hag’s work hasn’t got unnoticed and Ferguson is the latest in a long line of United legends to praise the manager. He said:
“United are based on success and he’s going the right way about it. His signings have been really, good I think that was important. He’s also got a grip of the club which is really, really big for him. When you come to United, you try and get off to a good start right away and he’s doing really well, he really is.”
New signings have helped Ten Hag transform United
With Sir Alex praising Ten Hag’s signings, it’s difficult to overestimate the influence that some of them have had on United’s fortunes. The most important singing in terms of turning United into a serious outfit once again is perhaps Brazilian midfielder, Casemiro.
The defensive midfielder joined the club for £60m from Real Madrid in the summer which drew skepticism from the football world. Many believed that Casemiro was simply after one last payday after winning everything there is to win at Real Madrid however he put to bed those claims very quickly.
He has fitted like a glove into Ten Hag’s system and is arguably their most important player. Without him, United look a far worse and far more fragile side. With him, they look as if they could take anyone in world football on.
A few of these together now @Casemiro hermano !! 🏆😁 pic.twitter.com/g84HETSvKd
— Raphaël Varane (@raphaelvarane) February 26, 2023
Another key signing has been Lisandro Martinez who came with Ten Hag from Ajax in the summer. The Argentinian may well be 5ft 9 but his aggression, leadership, and line-breaking balls have transformed a previously dysfunctional defence.
Christian Eriksen, signed on a free transfer, was also a regular in the side until his injury last month while Antony is starting to look better with each passing week. Even Wout Weghorst, an emergency last-minute January signing, has added a new dimension to United’s style of play.
Where can they go from here?
With one trophy under their belt, the United players are already looking for more. Vice-captain Bruno Fernandes said after the game that the league cup was merely “the first trophy of the season” and that they “want more and need more”.
Their pursuit for more silverware begins on Wednesday when they take on West Ham United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. A win there and Erik Ten Hag and his players will just be one more win away from another trip to Wembley this season.