Erik ten Hag told three ways he can ‘solve’ Manchester United issues after Brighton defeat

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Incoming Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag will believe he can ‘solve’ the Red Devils’ deep-rooted issues if he does three things, according to former Liverpool and Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock. A 4-0 thrashing by Brighton on Saturday was the latest embarrassment United have suffered this season.

Ten Hag appears to have a monumental job on his hands propelling the Old Trafford outfit back among the Premier League title contenders. A disjointed dressing room, poor recruitment, and a generally toxic club culture have combined to ruin a season in which United will finish with their lowest-ever Premier League points tally.

But ex-left back Warnock believes Ten Hag just needs to do three things to solve the club’s on-field problems. The 40-year-old thinks Ten Hag can be successful with a clear tactical plan, more options for players on the ball, and for each individual to have an understanding of the off-the-ball tactics.

Warnock said on Sky Sports: “I think he’s probably looking at it going, ‘well it’s not hard to fix’. I really do.

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“I think he’ll probably look at it and go ‘I can go into Manchester United and I can put a structure in place, tactically, that every player can carry out and give them options on the ball, understand where I want them to be off the ball’. Because at the moment it looks like Manchester United don’t know where they need to be off the ball.

“And this narrow system that they keep playing, it just isn’t working. I think Erik ten Hag’s in there thinking ‘not a problem, I can solve this straight away’.”

Brighton had won just three times at home all season before thumping United on Saturday evening. Goals from Moses Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard compounded a heavy defeat.

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Interim boss Ralf Rangnick – who will step aside when Ten Hag joins – made an apology to the club’s fans after the game. It is the latest in a long run of terrible defeats during his reign.

The German said: “To start with, it’s important that we apologise to our supporters who came all the way from Manchester to Brighton. We were just not good enough from start to finish. The performance was not only poor, it was extremely poor.

“It was a humiliating defeat and even more so for a team like Manchester United. It’s not only that you lose 4-0, it was also the way we played and this is just unacceptable, very difficult to deal with and to cope.”

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