Manchester United: José Mourinho’s assistant gives advice to Erik Ten Hag


Former Manchester United assistant Jose Mourinho Rui Faria has explained to the Red Devils what they are still missing under Erik ten Hag.

When you believe that Manchester United have hit rock bottom, the Mancunian club always finds a way to dig even deeper. Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United is no longer the behemoth used to dominating English football and for good reason, the Red Devils have not won any English championship since the departure of the Scotsman.

« You can’t rebuild with the snap of a finger »

Manchester United find themselves stuck in a permanent time loop with eternal rebuilding almost every year. The coaches have been marching since 2013 and the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, without anyone having succeeded in restoring the residents of Old Trafford to their former glory. José Mourinho was certainly the closest of them, with three trophies, but his story with the Mancunians ended in blood sausage.

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Erik Ten Hag, who arrived this summer after performing miracles at Ajax Amsterdam, is expected as the messiah. If the Dutchman has ideas but he discovers over the weeks the lack of stability within the club and the difficulties of being the coach of Manchester United, he who has just suffered a terrible rout against the city’s rival, Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday afternoon.

« A lack of stability »

Rui Faria – who was part of Manchester United’s coaching staff when they won the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Europa League in 2016-17 – gave Erik Ten Hag advice in The Times: « We arrived at a club that lacked stability and identity and you can’t just snap your fingers and rebuild it. »

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« It takes time, and you also have to win, because people won’t accept if you don’t win, so when José Mourinho says that [2016-17] is one of his best seasons, he’s right, because we got the last titles the club won and his best period since Sir Alex Ferguson. »added the former Special One deputy.

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« What is missing – again – is stability, and the club must define what they want. At Manchester City, it’s the sixth season that Pep Guardiola has been there and he has the stability to put his concepts into the club, the stability to buy players who match his concepts, the stability to buy on top of successes“, concluded Rui Faria.

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Will Erik Ten Hag be offered time, allowing for this stability mentioned by Rui Faria? Nothing is less sure. Admittedly, the Dutchman has some credit with his managers, but if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League or win a trophy after the massive investment made this summer, the credit of Erik Ten Hag within the Mancunian club risks taking a big hit.

Since the start of 2020-21, Man Utd have conceded more than 4 first half goals in four Premier League games (against Spurs in October 2020, Liverpool in October 2021, Brentford in August 2022, Man City in October 2022); that’s twice as often as any other team during that time. The Red Devils are forced to question themselves after their humiliating defeat against City. On Thursday, they will face Cypriot club Omonia in the Europa League.

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