Erik ten Hag has become the quickest manager in Manchester United history to reach 20 wins, and he has a better win rate than Klopp or Guardiola in their first year in English football… these are the stats behind the Dutch manager’s impressive start at Old Trafford.
There’s no denying Erik ten Hag has transformed Manchester United since joining from Ajax in the summer, but how good has he been?
So much was expected of the Dutchman upon his arrivɑl from Holland, and despite a difficult start, he has not only lived up to but also exceeded those expectations.
Ten Hag appears to be a successful appointment when compared to his United predecessors, but it is only when compared to current Premier League managers that the true promise of his tenure is reveɑled.
Sportsmail provides all of the statistics behind his impressive start to life at Old Trafford, as well as how it compares to rivɑl managers.
Erik ten Hag has been instrumental in transforming Manchester United since his arrivɑl in the summer.
This season, the Red Devils are the only English team still competing in all four competitions.
SO FAR, THE STORY
It is easy to tell that Ten Hag has been a success so far simply by attending a match at Old Trafford and noticing the improved atmosphere in the stadium.
Following last year’s disɑstrous campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, spirits have been significantly lifted in his brief time at the club.
The ex-Ajax coach oversaw a massive overhaul of United’s squad, which included the departures of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, and Jesse Lingard.
In response, Ten Hag oversaw the signings of Casemiro, Antony, and Christian Eriksen, all of whom have been huge successes for the club, particularly the former.
The new trio has helped United remain the only English team still competing in four competitions this season, with FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and Europa League campaigns intact.
Ten Hag’s collaboration with midfielder Casemiro has been instrumental in his team’s success this season.
HOW HE COMPARES TO PREDECESSORS IN THE UNITED STATES
The Red Devils are currently fourth in the Premier League following an impressive run of form, but it was their recent Carabao Cup victory that made Ten Hag history.
The 52-year-old reached 20 wins in charge of the club faster than any previous manager, as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Charlton on Wednesday.
To put that in context, United won only 20 of their 49 games in all competitions last season, compared to Ten Hag’s 27 so far.
Despite playing a similar number of games, the Dutch coach has the best win percentage of any manager in their history: 74%, which is nearly double Ralf Rangnick’s record.
In comparison, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a 54% win rate, Jose Mourinho had a 58% win rate, and Louis van Gaal had a 52% win rate.
And, if United defeat Manchester City this weekend, Ten Hag will become the first United manager to win nine games in a row since Jose Mourinho in January 2017.
Ten Hag’s winning percentage is higher than that of his predecessors Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Dutchman became the quickest manager in United history to achieve 20 victories.
HOW HE COMPARES TO RIVᗅLS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
However, comparing Ten Hag to his failed predecessors at United is somewhat futile, given the calamitous experiences they endured at Old Trafford.
A better comparison would be to his Premier League rivɑls, namely Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta, and Jurgen Klopp.
Ten Hag has a 72% win rate in his first 25 games in charge in England, which puts him far ahead of the aforementioned trio.
Guardiola and Arteta both had a 56% win rate after the same number of games in their debut seasons, while Klopp had a 48% win rate.
Even Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp were unable to match Ten Hag’s opening win rate.
In terms of statistics, United’s manager has had a better start in Manchester than Pep Guardiola did.
For context, Guardiola led City to a third-place league finish, while Klopp and Arteta both finished eighth in their first seasons in England.
It appears that United can expect a strong finish in the league table if they maintain this level of form throughout the season.
Furthermore, no team in the Premier League has won more points than Manchester United since their victory over Liverpool in August (35).
United have amassed an eight-match winning streak during this impressive run, their best since the start of Solskjaer’s reign.
No team has taken more points from league games since United’s victory over Liverpool in August.
WHAT DO THE STATS TELL US?
Without putting additional pressure on United’s coach, the statistics indicate that Ten Hag should finish in the top four and, potentially, end their trophy drought.
The Red Devils have been without a trophy since Jose Mourinho’s Europa League and Carabao Cup double in 2016-17, but their new manager could change that.
United have reached the Carabao Cup semi-finals and will face Nottingham Forest in the final.
Ten Hag will be hoping to end Manchester United’s six-year trophy drought this season.
If they win, they will face either Southampton or Newcastle in the Wembley final.
According to Opta statistics, United have a 35% chance of finishing third in the league, which would be their best finish since 2021.
Whatever the season’s outcome is, there can be no doubt about Ten Hag’s progress at Old Trafford thus far. The only question is how far he can push them.
Ten Hag will face a massive test in their next game, a home match against Manchester City.