What is Erik Ten Hag’s philosophy?

We're 2 years into the Ten Hag era. And while there are trophies to show, there are some big questions around the gameplay and ideal vision that need answers. Firstly, the...

How to get the best out of Lisandro Martinez

In this article I will cover:- Licha's strengths, weaknesses & traits - Suitable tactical roles in & out of possession- Pros & cons of each Lisandro's strengths...

Erik ten Hag’s biggest weakness – Rest defence

In this article I'll cover: — The importance of rest defence — Manchester United's structure & issues — Top team examples— Potential solutions What is rest defence?...

Man Utd Midfield Rebuild: Part 3 – Hybrid DM targets

If you missed the previous parst of this series, you can catch up on them here:  Rebuilding Man Utd’s Midfield: Part 1 – Profiles, tasks & gaps Rebuilding Man Utd’s...

Rebuilding Man Utd’s Midfield: Part 2 – Build up DM targets

If you missed the first part of this series, you can catch up on it here: Rebuilding Man Utd’s Midfield: Part 1 – Profiles, tasks & gaps In part 1, I defined 6 broad...

Rebuilding Man Utd’s Midfield: Part 1 – Profiles, tasks & gaps

For my first scouting exercise of 2024, I decided to go in a different direction from the usual method. My scouting articles from last year included DM, DLP and CB.  This...

How to get the best out of Marcus Rashford

In this article, I'll cover Rashford's:— Strengths, weaknesses & traits — Suitable in-possession patterns — Complimentary profiles to support Before we dive into usage,...

Rasmus Højlund: The Spark

Wout Weghorst - Age 30 - Loan Cristiano Ronaldo - Age 37 - €17m Edinson Cavani - Age 34 - Free Odion Ighalo - Age 31 - Loan These have been the players signed by Manchester...

Andre Onana: The Catalyst

Andre Onana: The Catalyst Rarely has a Manchester United summer transfer window seen the clarity and execution that 2023 summer has so far. The biggest gaps in the squad...

5 Sporting Directors Manchester United Should Look At

“@ManUtd, please hire a Sporting Director #GlazersOut #FullSaleOnly”,  “Hire Michael Edwards while he is free, I am on my knees @ManUtd”,  “Hire Paul Mitchell...

Search for a CB: RCB & LCB Shortlists

Welcome to another one of these scouting exercises. In case you missed them, I’ve previously done RB, GK, CF, DLP and DM lists for Manchester United. Today, I’ll be diving...

Search for a young DM: Summer 2023 Shortlist

How good has Casemiro been for United since signing on? Superlatives fall short while describing the veteran midfielder’s contribution in his first season in the Premier...

Search for a DLP: Summer 2023 Shortlist

While Erik ten Hag has been doing a brilliant job of papering over the cracks this season and delivering results beyond expectations (like the Europa League first leg...

Search for a GK: Summer 2023 Shortlist

Fans and analysts who have followed United’s issues in the past few years and are also aware of the principles of play Ten Hag likes to implement, would have come across one...

Search for a CF: Short-term & Long-term Shortlists

The last time I did a CF shortlist exercise in the summer of 2022, the idea was to replace an aging Cristiano Ronaldo, who was missing from pre-season due to personal...

Scout Report: Cody Gakpo

Since the announcement of Erik Ten Hag as Manchester United manager, a host of talents related to Ajax or Dutch football have dominated the transfer rumor mill. The summer...

Predicting Ten Hag’s Next Tactical Setup

In my previous article here, I explained the tactic Erik Ten Hag has relied on after a disastrous start to his Manchester United career - a gameplan that has got United 4...

Erik Ten Hag’s Successful Turnaround 

After a rude invitation to Premier League football in his first 2 games in charge versus Brighton and Brentford, Erik Ten Hag has steadied the ship at Manchester United....

Joelinton 2.0: Rebirth under Eddie Howe

Let’s roll back a few years into 2019, the pre-pandemic year where everything was just perfect. Newcastle, at that time, were struggling for PL status having been relegated...

21/22 Striker Role Ranking System

My previous article segregated all top 5 league midfielders into 5 playing styles and used their stats from 21/22 to rank them on each role. You can find the full...

21/22 Midfield Role Ranking System

Football, at its core, is a really subjective sport to analyze. Other than the issues that come with judging individuals in a team sport, the complications of understanding...

Search for a CF: Summer Shortlist 2022

At the time of the writing of this article, Manchester United have embarked on their pre-season tour with only 1 summer signing finalized - Tyrell Malacia. The aggressive...

Scout Report: Tyrell Malacia

Yet another ‘mercato’ is underway and this is a period where teams either go full throttle with due diligence and planning or go full throttle with nitro boosters without...

Tactical Analysis: Frenkie de Jong at Manchester United

A new manager, a new CEO, a newly appointed DOF and technical directors and loads of changes in the backroom staff plus board level at Manchester United - the message is...

Search for a RW: Summer 2022 Shortlist

United’s summer business for 2022 has been a case of a lot of noise, but no actual results. What was hailed and expected to be a quick and intense rebuilding of a team that...

Scout Report: Raphinha

Leeds United in 21/22: Most goals: Raphinha (11)Most shots: Raphinha (85)Most shots on target: Raphinha (21)Highest xG: Raphinha (11.2)Highest xA: Raphinha (6.8)Most chances...

Tactical Analysis: Boubacar Kamara at Aston Villa

Since many users had found out that there is an issue with the original scout report of Boubacar Kamara, I have fixed the issue (you can read the original report here- Scout...

The Rise of AC Milan

Red flags were flying high, the ultras were singing loud as 16,000 travelling fans watched as Franck Kessie scored a left footed thunderstrike to clinch Milan’s first title...

Tactical Analyis: Ange Postecoglou

Every revolution is born in order to change the status quo. And it is born out of a collective idea, a unique impression to unite the masses for eternity. For a revolution...

Search for a CM: Cheick Doucoure

While rivals Manchester City and Liverpool are locked in a close battle to decide who takes home the major trophies in the last few remaining games of the season, Manchester...

FM Predicts: Erik ten Hag at Manchester United

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have come across the news that the Dutchman, Erik ten Hag will be the first team manager of Manchester United come the...

Loan Report: James Garner 21/22

A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of rivals Liverpool, Matic announcing his departure, Pogba getting injured and out for the reason, the sacking of 2 leaders in the scouting...

Scout Report: Darwin Nunez

Charles Darwin put together his ‘Theory of Evolution’ in 1869. What he didn’t know is that 153 years later and 11,000 kilometres apart, another guy with the same name will...

Search for a RB: Summer 2022 Shortlist

The Search for a CM series has so far covered a Winter 2022 shortlist and scout reports on Locatelli, Guimaraes, Kamara and Tchouameni. It seems like Manchester United don’t...

Search For A Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Following a disappointing and a rather frustrating exit against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League RO16, Manchester United have shifted their focus towards appointing a...

Search for a Manager: Erik ten Hag

Another summer, another daily soap drama at FC Hollywood (or FC Miami Vice in this case). This time, the daily soap drama is revolving around the new manager who can start...

FK Bodo/Glimt: The Northern Light

  All sports produce underdog stories. Leicester City wins the Premier League. Iceland makes the World Cup. Kapil Dev leads India to a World Cup victory at the...

Search for a CM: Aurelien Tchouameni

United’s insistence of passing up window after window without buying a specialist DM has now gone from a tale of incompetence to one of utter indifference to the team’s...

Opposition Analysis: Atletico Madrid 21/22

After the haywire UCL re-draw, Atletico Madrid were picked as Manchester United’s opponents for the upcoming Round of 16 Knockout game in the UEFA Champions League. In this...

Scout Report: Boubacar Kamara

In Aztec culture, there were warriors called ‘Jaguars’ in the middle of the 12th century who fought for their people. They came from the people and they were willing to die...

What is Erik Ten Hag’s philosophy?

We're 2 years into the Ten Hag era. And while there are trophies to show, there are some big questions around the gameplay and ideal vision that need answers. Firstly, the fact...

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