Opposition View: ‘Ten Hag is a top manager who should take Manchester United back to the top…’

We hear from Manchester United fan Matthew Jarvis ahead of our festive Premier League clash

27.11.16 - Manchester United vs West Ham United - Premier League - Diafra Sakho heads home West Ham's 1st goal.

Thoughts on your season so far?

Matthew: Underwhelming and average at best if I’m being honest, even though I wasn’t expecting much at the start of the season. We are only six points off the top though.

Is Erik Ten Hag the man for the job?

Matthew: We can’t keep replacing managers every so often, we have to give managers time. I mean in Klopp’s first season at Liverpool they finished 8th. Ten Hag has already won silverware with us. He is a seasoned top manager who should be to take us back to the top but only time will tell.

Marcus Rashford seems to have fallen off form yet again. How many times does this have to happen until Ten Hag drops him?

Matthew: It happens so often with Rashford. When he’s on form he’s unplayable, but when he’s in a drought, he’s a completely different player. My only concern is he can be that man to create a chance out of nothing and bring that magic, which we lack at the moment. Ten Hag is a fierce manager though who will have no issues dropping anyone who isn’t performing.

What’s going on with Jadon Sancho?

What’s going on with Jadon Sancho?

Matthew: It’s all a mess really. Such hype around him, huge price tag which hasn’t really worked out. Now his attitude is really showing and it’s clear he doesn’t get on with the manager. It’s a shame as there is clearly ability there but it might be the case that he’s not suited for this league, and our manager’s tactics and way of playing. Either loan him out or sell him. Either way it’s a disappointing transfer where we have ultimately lost money again by spending too much on individual players.

How far do you think you will get in the Champions League?

Matthew: We have been horrific with a tight squad. We will drop down into the Europa League, but that doesn’t actually bother me as I think we could go far in that competition and compete for silverware.

Looking at your team, where do you need to improve the most?

Matthew: Few places but the main problem area is the defence. We let in too many goals and look like conceding to every opposition. Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, should not be having a defensive partnership of Evans and Maguire in 2023. It’s shambolic, we definitely need to improve on that in the January transfer window.

Onana seems to not be very good. Are you happy with him in goal or do you think it’s time to change goalkeepers?

Matthew: He came in with such a good reputation from being very good at Inter and Ajax, but again it’s been a failure. He looks like a deer in headlights, with a few good saves here and there. We need a solid keeper to come in which might make Onana improve to his Inter Milan standards if he knows his position is under threat.

What is classed as a successful season for Manchester United?

Matthew: I’d be very happy with another top four finish and a nice cup run getting into the latter rounds. I would say silverware but I don’t think we have the squad right now to compete for a very tough top four finish with lots of good improving teams around us and a cup as well.

Score prediction for your game against West Ham?

Matthew: 1-1

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