Erik ten Hag has two unstoppable stars leading Manchester United back to the Champions League this season.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has an unstoppable duo who can help Old Trafford reclaim Champions League football after a year-long absence. The Red Devils’ squad has never been short of elite talent, but a modern coach pulling the strings is assisting in producing a run of results that has been unprecedented since Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure.
United enters 2023 with momentum, having won five games and kept three clean sheets in a row in all competitions.
Ten Hag has led his team to 12 wins, two draws, and one defeat since losing 6-3 to Manchester City on October 2, propelling them into the top four for the first time this season.
After the club’s worst-ever Premier League season in 2021/22 and the Dutchman’s opening two defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford, such a run seemed unthinkable.
However, his vision is gradually being recognized at United, and two players are helping to make that happen.
Raphael Varane and Casemiro have emerged as two unstoppable forces in Ten Hag’s plans, which should come as no sᴜrprise.
The pair were pivotal in one of Real Madrid’s most successful eras and have brought their winning mentality across the Channel.
They have won a World Cup, a Copa America, nine Champions Leagues, seven Club World Cups, six UEFA Super Cups, six La Ligas, six Supercopa del Espanas, and two Copa del Reys between them.
And their statistics since reuniting as United teammates attest to the experience and class they bring to Ten Hag at Old Trafford.
Varane and Casemiro have yet to concede a goal in their time together for the Red Devils.
Jorginho’s late penalty in October’s drаmаtic 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge was the only time United conceded after both started, but Varane had already left the field injured.
Furthermore, this season, the Frenchman has only conceded against three clubs: Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool.
Under Ten Hag, United have conceded just four goals in seven home Premier League games, the fewest in the top flight. Casemiro and Varane’s presence undoubtedly contributed to this accomplishment.
Both have the ability to raise the level of the rest of the team, which is currently securing the three-time Champions League champions’ return to the competition for next season.