4 Ways Manchester United Could Line Up Under Erik Ten Hag

Manchester United have reached a verbal agreement with the Ajax manager, Erik Ten Hag

The Red Devils are just days away from announcing Erik Ten Hag after reports of their verbal agreement made its way to the public.

Several top tier sources, claim of this and Somtosport understands that Erik Ten Hag was majorly spoken of by the interim manager, Ralf Rangnick.

Due to the pressure from the Press concerning the deal, Ajax had to ban English reporters from questioning Ten Hag.

With the announcement days from been made, it’s yet to be disclosed of what would be the preferred Man United starting line up when Erik Ten Hag takes over.

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With Man United fixtures across all the competitions left with just few numbers, the Board believe it’s time to make a move for a permanent manager.

This move was actually fastened after German side, Leipzig launched a strong inquiry for the 52-year-old.

In what a job that would make him the highest paid Dutch manager, Somtosport looks at the 4 possible ways Erik Ten Hag could line up his Manchester United squad.

Note: Our suggestions are made drawing insights from how the Ajax manager has positioned his squad in the past.

Erik Ten Hag’s Coaching Style

Erik Ten Hag has always been a great fan of using Triangles to outperform important area in the pitch.

His pattern of management has seen the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Donny Van De Beek and his current attacker, Sebastien Haller attain great heights.

Speaking in a conference years ago, the former Bayern Munich II manager confessed of been greatly influenced by Pep Guardiola.

“I learned a lot from Guardiola,” Erik Ten Hag said in 2019. “His philosophy is sensational, what he did in Barcelona, Bayern and now with Manchester City.

“That attacking and attractive style sees him win a lot. It’s this structure that I’ve tried to implement with Ajax.”

The Dutch man has been seen in many occasions fielding the 4-2-4 formation, the 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and the 4-2-3-1.

Despite all these line up varying, there has been one thing in common and that’s Erik Ten Hag’s demands to see his two wingers pining opposing wing backs to the lines. Also he always has a pair of midfielders combining in the midfield.


This has been Erik Ten Hag’s most preferred line up while manager at Ajax.

He prefers having an attacking line of 4 responsive attackers who could help give alot of problems to enemy lines.

While having two options in the enemies box, extra two will provide support as wingers to send in crosses and assistance, thereby overloading the opponents in their own box.

Narrowing this down to the current Man United squad then we can see a pairing coming to light between Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo, if the Uruguayan stays beyound

Bruno Fernandes or Marcus Rashford are also other options for the attacking line.


Erik Ten Hag could as well still maintain the current 4-2-3-1 formation at Old Trafford when he arrives but it’s hard to tell considering the results the side has gotten with this formation.

But provided he sticks to the line up then here is how United could look like under him.


Being the formation Erik Ten Hag has mostly used lately, including their last match victory against Sparta Rotterdam, he could still adopt same method at Old Trafford.

This would also mean Donny Van de Beek returning to his natural role of playing either on right side of the pitch.


Similar to the 4-2-4, Erik Ten Hag has also been seen adopting this style of play, linking two attackers in the front while

Just like we mentioned earlier, two members partnering in the center to help keep things balanced.