CRISTIANO ON THE BANK AGAIN: Erik ten Hag explained why he has NOT made changes to Manchester United’s starting XI
Against Liverpool, Erik ten Hag He sent Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga as starting forwards. The idea was to put pressure on Los Reds with rhythm, intensity and coherence. And the team, despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, behaved wonderfully.
Since then, the Dutch coach hasn’t made any changes to the starting XI. Not even one. Despite the fact that CR7 is available, and although the Brazilian Casemiro is already an option, the freshly arrived coach at Old Trafford explained that he wanted to give continuity and confidence to the line-up which beat the cast led by Klopp.
Of course, he made it clear that what happened in the matches against Liverpool, Southampton and Leicester City does not define what the rest of the season will be like. The workload will increase and, of course, there will be novelties in the starting XI.
WHY DIDN’T TEN HAG MAKE ANY CHANGES IN THE UNITED XI?
“In the last two games we played very well and we won. I wanted to keep the confidence in them for this game. But that doesn’t say anything for the future, for the short-term future. We have a lot of games to prepare for, there will be changes.”he told MUTV ahead of the 1-0 win over Leicester City.
After the victory on the court of The Foxes, ETH talked about the importance of having a large workforce. He is confident that players like Casemiro and Cristiano will contribute more as they get closer to their best form.
“We need it, we need a great team. We have many games to cover. When players like Casemiro and Ronnie get better and better, there will be more contribution to the team. We don’t just need a team, we need a group.”
Undefeated data. Cristiano Ronaldo has only started 1 of the 5 games played in the current Premier League with Manchester United. He has played so little that he has yet to score or assist.
Did you know that…? Cristiano Ronaldo is having his worst year since 2003, when he made his debut. He has barely 12 goals in 28 games played in 2022.
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