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Ten Hag will provide structure, says Shaw. Since “quite a time,” Man Utd has not had.
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Ten Hag will provide structure

Luke Shaw, the left-back, believes that Erik ten Hag will help Manchester United get going and help them live up to their lofty expectations for the forthcoming Premier League season.

After United concluded the league season in sixth position with 58 points, their lowest total in the Premier League era and 13 points outside the Champions League spots, Ten Hag was brought in over the offseason to replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who in turn succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, there have been five permanent managers at Old Trafford, and as Ten Hag looks to rebuild, United were anticipated to be active in the transfer market.

But United have only signed Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia so far, despite Rangnick suggesting the Red Devils may need up to 10 players to reshape their squad to compete.

While the lack of transfer activity remains questionable, Shaw believes Ten Hag will raise the performance levels and provide a structure that was lacking in previous seasons.

“It’s clear that he’s a top, top manager,” Shaw, who played 20 league games last season, said at a fan event in Bangkok. “He has a structure to play the way he wants us to play.

“We haven’t had that for quite a while and it was clear to see last season, which was extremely disappointing.

“He has been pushing us incredibly hard, but I believe we need to recover. We’re really anticipating this season because I have a good feeling it will be far superior to the last one.”

Shaw was joined by team-mates Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial in a question-and-answer segment at the event, and was asked to provide a word that best reflects United’s new outlook.

While Varane and Martial provided non-committal responses, Shaw proclaimed the team’s ambition with the word “trophy”, something United have not picked up since the Europa League in 2017.

Before travelling to Australia for an exhibition tour, United will face Liverpool on Tuesday in Thailand to kick off their pre-season.



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