Ten Haag's Future at Manchester United | Aston Villa Turnaround Sparks Hope
|Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, speaks with Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on December 26, 2023 in Manchester, England.(Image-Getty)
What is the future of Coach Eric Ten Haag at Manchester United? That was the question from United supporters ahead of the Aston Villa match. Such questions were not unusual. Manchester United have not scored a single goal in their last 4 matches – Bournemouth, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and West Ham – before the Aston Villa match. Lost in all three.
United had lost 13 times this season before Christmas. The last time they lost that many matches before Christmas was in 1930. Ten Haag can keep all the pressure aside for now. Because, despite falling behind 2-0 against Aston Villa in the league yesterday, United got a great 3-2 victory.
Alejandro Garnacho was the star of United's win at Old Trafford. John McGinn in 21 minutes and Leonard in 26 minutes United fell behind. From there, Garnacho equalized the match by sending the ball into the net twice in the second half. Later, the home team left the field with a 3-2 win thanks to Rasmus Holund's goal.
United got the first goal in the 59th minute. 19-year-old forward Garnacho closed the gap with a low right-footed shot from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford. Garnacho also got some luck in the next goal in the 71st minute.
Emiliano Martinez was left with nothing to do when Garnacho's powerful shot deflected off defender Diego Carlos' feet. Holund's goal came in the 82nd minute. The ball from Fernandez's corner hit McGinn's knee and went to Hollund's feet. Then the young striker of Denmark sent the ball into the net with a perfect shot. It was his first goal in the Premier League. He had to wait 1026 minutes to open the goal book.
Since 1978, United have kept the record of not losing a single match on 'Boxing Day'. United has reached the sixth place with 10 wins and 1 draw in 19 matches. Villa are third with 39 points after their fourth loss in 19 matches. Arsenal played 18 matches with 1 point more than them.
Ten Haag was effusive in his praise of Hollund after the win. He also said what he said to Holund before the goal. I told him, you have scored a lot of goals for Denmark, in the Champions League, you have shown your ability, you can. Trust me, it will come. Since the first goal has been scored, I am sure many more goals will be scored.
After scoring the winning goal, Holund declared himself the happiest man in the world on Amazon Prime. This Danish footballer said, 'I am the happiest person in the world at the moment, it is also understood by seeing the celebration. We believe until the last moment and we showed our true colors again tonight (last night).”
It was the first match since Sir Jim Ratcliffe bought 25 percent of United. Ten Haag said, 'I think their coming is positive. They have a lot of experience in this level of sports. They can help us reach our goals. They want to work with us, we want too.' Liverpool have come out on top after beating Burnley 2-0 in the previous match of the day. They collected 42 points in 19 matches. Goals were scored by Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota.