Between Manchester United’s humiliation at Liverpool and last night’s game against Real Betis, Erik ten Hag may have made the best decision by selecting the same item.
Managers are limited in what they may say after events like last Sunday’s loss. What matters is what they actually do.
Ten Hag, the manager of United, had the option of cutting players. There would have been plenty of options for him. He had the option of replacing Bruno Fernandes as captain. The Portuguese have no grounds for complaint.
Instead, Ten Hag merely gave the same eleven players their shirts back and told them to go out and perform better. There was one tactical change, with Marcus Rashford and Antony positioned on each side and Wout Weghorst lining up as a classic center striker down the middle. We may say it worked because all three guys scored.
Other from that, Ten Hag just requested improvement, and he received it. That was a straightforward choice that was also very clever. It not only demonstrated his faith in them, but it also provided the players with a chance to move past the Anfield mishap.