In their third straight victory under Erik ten Hag, Man United defeated Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace was United’s third victory in as many games, continuing their successful preseason campaign. The first hour of the game saw some outstanding, offensive play, and Ten Hag once again selected a good starting XI.
Even though orange would have been a better choice, Manchester United wore their new white uniform against Crystal Palace. The second goal in their victory over Crystal Palace was the epitome of Total Football developed in the Netherlands and was created with a visionary pass, a deft touch, intuitive movement, and insightful passes.
Anthony Martial scored for the third game in a row by bringing down Diogo Dalot’s chipped pass on his chest and driving in. Just after the half, a fantastic team play featuring Martial, Jadon Sancho, and eventually Donny van de Beek resulted in a tap-in by Marcus Rashford.
Overall, though, United put up another encouraging display, and Fernandes discussed how the team has already evolved under the new management.
At the risk of jumping ahead, United’s identity trouble seems to be resolved now that they have a permanent manager who leaves the office to train the players. Erik ten Hag’s popularity index rises every day.
However, this United team shows little similarity to Louis van Gaal’s alternative side, despite the possibility of a Dutch United coach who emphasizes possession.
Should Cristiano Ronaldo come back, Martial would be heavily influenced by his presence and at risk of losing steam in the presence of a seasoned forward. Martial has been admirably managed by Ten Hag to the point where he is not a problem but a solution since there is no market to offload him on.
Ten Hag has now increased his focus on his plan to make United a high-pressing squad for the upcoming season.
Ten Hag’s plans for the upcoming season are believed to heavily involve Ronaldo, thus Ten Hag may evaluate his strategy’s potential success by comparing it to last season.