Erik ten Hag is correcting Manchester United’s mistakes with latest decisions

On the plane bound for New York, Bruno Fernandes sat in the front row of the Manchester United players’ section. A couple of rows behind Fernandes, Harry Maguire was sat by the window, once accustomed to leading from the front.

Fernandes had not yet been officially informed he would become United’s official captain. Only three days earlier, Maguire was bluntly told he would no longer have the armband strapped to his bicep.

Appointing Maguire as captain, sanctioning a new contract for Eric Bailly, re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo… The list of mistakes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer goes on and Erik ten Hag continues to right the wrongs.

Consider Solskjaer’s dismal hit rate in the transfer market: Alex Telles is gone, Donny van de Beek is going and so is Maguire. Ten Hag’s patience with Jadon Sancho has snapped and Aaron Wan-Bissaka was dropped last week.

A good coach can handle a hospital pass. Ten Hag has revived Wan-Bissaka’s career and he was having an impressive calendar year prior to a regressive pre-season. Sancho has shown reasonable promise doubling as a centre forward in the absence of Anthony Martial.

Martial – there’s another mistake. Martial had no qualms about accepting a pay hike with Solskjaer as the substitute teacher in January 2019. United are now in an invidious position with their crock monsieur: they cannot play him and they cannot sell him.

Ten Hag still got a tune out of Martial during pre-season last year and in his handful of appearances before another new injury in the new year. Now Martial is on trial to avoid being released in June as United mull over whether to extend his contract.

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