Manchester United will visit Sheffield United on Sunday (October 22, 2023) in the early hours of.

European domestic leagues are set to resume this weekend, including the Premier League. Manchester United will visit Sheffield United on Sunday (October 22, 2023) in the early hours of Western Indonesian Time (WIB).

The match will be crucial for Erik ten Hag and his squad. Before the international break, Manchester United had been struggling due to poor performance since the start of the season.

Currently, the Red Devils are in 10th place in the current Premier League 2023/2024 standings. They have lost four times in eight matches, accumulating 12 points.

That’s why it is crucial for Manchester United to return to winning ways this weekend. Ten Hag will need to field his best team, even if it means benching some of the top players.

The situation of Manchester United is also being observed by Premier League analyst, Ben Jacobs. According to him, Ten Hag will have to make significant decisions in selecting Manchester United’s best formation for the upcoming weekend.

One aspect that is being highlighted is Casemiro’s performance. Unlike last season, the Brazilian midfielder has yet to reach his best playing level this season.

“Ten Hag will want a consistent player duo, and that’s why I wouldn’t be surprised if Casemiro’s playing time is reduced,” Jacobs said. “This is necessary so that Ten Hag can fine-tune his squad and find balance.”

If Casemiro is benched, Ten Hag should not have trouble finding a replacement. Currently, Scott McTominay has been performing impressively.

In fact, in the last match before the international break, McTominay was the hero in Manchester United’s victory over Brentford (2-1) with his two goals in the dying moments of the game.

“I believe McTominay deserves playing time, not only because he scored two goals, but also because his performance with Scotland has been exceptional,” Jacobs added.

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At the moment, Victor Lindelof is working on a deal at Old Trafford that will expire in the summer of 2024.

He is expected not to be a free agent, with Manchester United having a 12-month extension clause that will keep his contract. The 29-year-old center-back is expected to receive an extension.

There have been discussions that Lindelof will attract interest from other clubs, with Serie A giants AC Milan said to be one of his many suitors, but this classy center-back is confident that his long-term future will be in England because he has no desire to take on a new challenge.

Lindelof told reporters when informed that United would extend his contract: “That’s more than I’ve heard! I have an option [for one more year] and there’s a deadline for it. When exactly I don’t know. But it looks like it will be activated. Of course [I want to stay]. I’m really enjoying myself. I’m entering my seventh year. I feel good, my family feels good. It’s a club I love very much, and I’m happy to represent it.”

Erik ten Hag has already shown his ruthless side when making decisions for Manchester United. Most of these decisions have benefited him, and the results on the field have supported his choices.

One of these decisions was parting ways with Cristiano Ronaldo mid-season last year, a decision that many believe was largely driven by Ten Hag and other involved parties.

This decision led to Manchester United finishing third in the Premier League standings. Additionally, the Red Devils also won the Carabao Cup.

However, it now seems that Ten Hag’s strategy in dealing with players who do not comply with his rules is starting to irk the Manchester United hierarchy. These players include Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood, and Jadon Sancho.

Maguire’s role has been downgraded from captain to squad member, Mason Greenwood has been loaned out, and Jadon Sancho has been dropped from the first team. These decisions have raised doubts among the Manchester United executives about Ten Hag’s ability to handle a large dressing room.

From initially appreciating how he handled Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, it is now beginning to raise concerns among Manchester United’s board members. They doubt Erik ten Hag’s ability to manage egos at a big club.

Moreover, Manchester United started the 2023/2024 season poorly, with six losses in 11 matches. These results have added pressure to Ten Hag.

The Red Devils are currently in 10th place in the Premier League standings with 12 points from eight matches. In the Champions League, Manchester United is in fourth place after losing twice to Bayern Munich and Galatasaray.

Erik ten Hag is still waiting for developments in the change of ownership structure at Manchester United. The latest news indicates that Sir Jim Ratcliffe has offered to purchase a 25% stake in the club worth £1.3 billion.

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In addition to the minority stake, there is a key clause in Ratcliffe’s proposal. He will take control of the team’s operational matters, including the selection of the manager and player transfers. Ratcliffe’s offer is expected to be decided by a vote on Thursday (October 19, 2023).

This situation is likely to make Erik ten Hag uneasy. He could potentially be replaced if Ratcliffe has different preferences and wants a new manager.

However, the Dutchman can actually remain calm. It turns out that someone close to Sir Jim Ratcliffe has stated that the billionaire still has faith in him.

Jadon Sancho, who is having problems with Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag, is reportedly being tempted by Barcelona. The Spanish giants are said to be interested in signing Sancho in the summer transfer window of 2024.

Sancho’s status in the Manchester United squad is currently unclear after coach Erik ten Hag has isolated him. Ten Hag believes that Sancho’s performance has not been up to par, but Sancho has strongly denied this and expressed his frustration on social media.

This attitude has further angered the Dutch coach. Sancho has not been playing since Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal on September 3, 2023. The former Borussia Dortmund winger is currently known to be training on his own.

“There’s nothing that has changed. He (Sancho) is not available, so I have no comment on that. If he is available, then we will report it,” Ten Hag said a while ago, as quoted from Mirror on Tuesday (October 17, 2023).

Therefore, it is highly likely that Sancho will leave Manchester United, even though he still has a contract until June 2026. According to a report from Mirror on Tuesday (October 17, 2023), Barcelona is considering the possibility of recruiting Sancho.

“Barcelona is monitoring the situation and greatly admires Sancho. Initially, Blaugrana – Barcelona’s nickname – believed that a loan deal in January would be the best course of action,” the Mirror report stated.

In the report, Barcelona is said to want to loan Sancho in January 2024. However, with the current situation, Barcelona is apparently willing to permanently sign Sancho in the summer.

Blaugrana is said to value Sancho’s qualities more. Furthermore, contacts have reportedly been made between Barcelona representatives and Sancho. Thus, we will have to wait and see what Barcelona’s stance will be in the upcoming transfer market.