Man Utd boss Ten Hag told he has two undroppables but needs six more

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been told how he can look to emulate Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola and have as many as eight undroppables in his Red Devils squad. The Dutchman has found a settled side after two defeats to start the Premier League season against Brighton and Brentford, and have since won four league games in a row.

Ten Hag has been reluctant to change a winning team which has meant that Cristiano Ronaldo and club captain Harry Maguire have been forced to watch on from the sidelines in each of the last four league games.

Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot believes it is a good sign that the United boss is sticking with a winning team, and has urged Ten Hag to follow in Guardiola’s footsteps and find his undroppables with Antony and Jadon Sancho already identified as two of them.

“When you look at teams now, when you look at [Man] City, eight or seven players always play,” Melchiot told ESPN. “Man United clearly has to do the same thing if he has a team that’s strong enough like he brought his Antony so he can cover the right, left he has got [Jadon] Sancho.

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“Okay the striker he has to pick and choose Ronaldo, but the key now is can he make sure that his team can keep performing the way he wants them to perform? Because what he wants is to play. He wants to win, that is normal, but he also wants to do it beautifully.”

The only changes Ten Hag has made to his team in the league since the win over Liverpool has been new signing Antony making his debut, and scoring, in the 3-1 win over Arsenal. Raphael Varane has come in for Maguire to partner Lisandro Martinez in the heart of the defence, while Tyrell Malacia’s good start to life as a Red Devil has seen him displace Luke Shaw, who started both of the opening two games but has not made an appearance in the league since being hauled off at half-time against Brentford.

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Scott McTominay has kept new £70million signing Casemiro out of the team for the time being with good performances in the midfield alongside Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes ahead of them. Sancho has operated on both flanks this season, with Elanga and Antony on the other side while Marcus Rashford has been preferred to Ronaldo up front.

Despite Ten Hag sticking with the team that is currently winning games, his comments at Ajax have suggested that he will be open to rotation going forward.

“But no one is, in my book [a guaranteed starter],” Ten Hag told Dutch Soccer Site in 2019. “And I told them this. There is a hierarchy, yes, but whether you’re 19 or 29, you play when you’re the best for the position.”

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