BANGKOK, Thailand – On the pitch, Eric Ten Hague got off to a good start as Manchester United’s manager with a 4-0 win over Liverpool in Bangkok on Tuesday night, but he already knows how hard he will have to work on the pitch. . Happen
The Real Premier League business doesn’t start another month, but the Dutchman understands that even off-season could be a fire baptism in a club like United. His four days in Thailand were dominated by questions about his star player Cristiano Ronaldo and doubts about the club’s ability to come together before the new campaign.
If it’s all familiar curls, because we’ve been here before.
In 2013, new manager David Moyes arrived in the same part of Southeast Asia for his first tour as United boss at the center of more chaos, and he wanted to oust his main man, Wayne Rooney. The resemblance between this summer and the summer of nine years ago is striking.
Like Ten Hague, Moyes was asked to navigate a tough journey halfway around the world in his first summer, as well as trying to lead a new era of recruitment campaigns. Instead, Moyes arrives in Thailand, facing Rooney’s questions. The England striker initially skipped the trip, citing only a hamstring injury. Rooney was not happy at Old Trafford and wanted to move to Chelsea, and it was speculated that Moyes was immediately on the backfoot at his first news conference at the Rajmangala National Stadium in Bangkok.
“Until I spoke Double Dutch last week, we said Wayne Rooney was not for sale,” Scott said. “I think I’ve covered everything on Wayne. I’ve given you everything about his injury. You have to remember that Manchester United is a football club and I have a team and it’s not under any circumstances. Person.”
“In many ways, I’m just interested in the team. I’ll answer Wayne’s questions, but some of it goes back to what I covered. “
Nearly a decade later, Ten Hague sat in the same room on Monday afternoon and said the same thing at his first news conference of the summer – this time about Ronaldo. “We’re planning for this season with Cristiano Ronaldo, so that’s what happened,” Dutchman said. “I look forward to working with him. They didn’t tell me that [that he wants to leave]I have read it but what I am saying is that Cristiano is not for sale, Cristiano is in our plans and we want to succeed together.
While Moyes struggled to keep players at the club, he was struggling to bring in players whom Ten Hague would sympathize with. Moyes’ strategy was based on the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, but the midfielder persisted despite several offers from United. There were also doubts about whether Fabregas really wanted to move on. Fast forward for almost a decade, and there are signs that Ten Hague’s top target Frankie de Jong – another Barcelona midfielder – is also reluctant to join.
Moyes is also returning to his former club Everton in an effort to reward Leighton Benes and Marouane Fellaini, while Ten Hague is looking to impress his previous bosses on defender Lisandro Martinez, winger Anthony and striker Brian Broby. Ajax before RB Leipzig joined last season.
Had the deal been completed by July 31, United would have paid £ 27.5 million by the deadline instead of the ₹ 23.5 million arrears that Fellaini had only signed to Moyes that summer. It was known everywhere as destructive heat. Moyes later accepted a bad transfer window for new chief executive Ed Woodward, so he was given a fight with his hands tied behind his back at the start of the season.
Like Woodward in 2013, this is Richard Arnold’s first summer as chief executive since taking office in February. Ten Hague has bought full-back Tyrell Malaysia from Feyenoord and playwright Christian Eriksson should follow suit, but speaking in Bangkok made it clear that he needs more help.
“We know what we want and we don’t just want new players, we want the right new players,” he said. “Of course we’re looking for players in the midfield, we need them there and in the offense. We are still looking for players. “
“It’s going to be a big season but a season that’s very unusual because of the World Cup, so you need to be prepared for that and need more players than the normal season,” said Ten Hague.
The key difference for Ten Hague was that they got off to a good start by beating Liverpool, while Moyes lost 1-0 to the Singa All-Stars in their first game.
Moyes was fired after nine months, and his job was never cut, yet many people underestimate him. Ten Hague is quickly figuring out how difficult it can be, but for now, at least the hope is that Moyes will succeed where he fails.