Manchester United's resurgence under Erik Ten Hag: A closer look at their recent success, including the Europa League win over Barcelona
|Fred put up a masterclass to help United past Barcelona in the Europa League on Thursday night. United won 4-3 on aggregate to advance. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Premier League clubs continue to struggle in the Champions League after Manchester City failed to win on Wednesday away to RB Leipzig despite leading for a significant period of the game.
Manchester United, from the ashes of the tragedy that has trailed the club since the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, seems to be rising under the tutelage of a certain Dutchman who understands football, Erik Ten Hag.
Manchester United is the only club in the Premier League that is still alive in all competitions.
The Red Devils beat Barcelona over two legs to advance in the Europa League.
And you must give credit to their doggedness to overcome a free-scoring Barcelona side.
The Red Devils will square off against Newcastle on Sunday at Wembley.
They took Nottingham Forest to the cleaners as expected and will now face Eddie Howe’s side for the first silverware of the season, and they will be doing that against a team that will feature a third-choice goalkeeper, Loris Karius.
Most experts thought Barcelona would win before the game started, so beating them is a big deal.
But something is happening at Old Trafford, and you can thank Ten Hag's discipline, tactics, and technicality as a leader.
United has had top managers since Fergie left; they had David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, and even a supposed football man in Ralf Ragnick.
Not forgetting a bucket of games for Ryan Giggs as interim manager, but now they have a man that knows the game by name and cognomen.
United has a date in the FA Cup next week Wednesday against West Ham United at Old Trafford, and they could well be playing the game with a trophy already added to their cabinet, a big boost by all standards for a team that started the season on a poor note.
United currently sits five points off the top spot in the Premier League.
Although they have played a game more than Arsenal, which leads the table, the little man in every United fan would remind you that you can’t count a point you haven’t won, so they’re in the title race.
Will Manchester United win the league, the Europa League, the League Cup, and the FA Cup? Maybe not, but who would have thought?
From losing to Brighton and Brentford in their opening games of the season and finishing second in their Europa League group to booking a date against Barcelona, all credit to the manager and the rest of the team.
And if you ever wrote Manchester United off, it’s time for you to revisit your predictions.
Mail the delivery man; he can deliver your apology letter with an extra tip. Manchester United is back!