Erik ten Hag’s Ajax side were world famous for their stunning football, something which Manchester United fans are yet to see under his guidance.
The Dutchman, who took the Amsterdammers to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018/19 season, was understandably linked with Barcelona due to his team’s superb youth-based passing football.
At Old Trafford, though, things haven’t been an easy watch, something even Rio Ferdinand told talkSPORT he’s increasingly concerned about.
So when a training drill of the Red Devils failing to land passes went viral, there were soon comparisons to his previous club.
‘Rondos’, which are small-sided training drills reminiscent of ‘piggy in the middle’, are commonplace for all clubs now, with United utilising them ahead of their Champions League decider against Bayern Munich.
However, the clip showed a number of passes going astray, and what seemed to be a general confusion.
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One eagle-eyed viewer compared the video to Ten Hag doing a similar drill at Ajax, with players nailing intense one-touch passes in a confined space.
The user captioned the video: “For context, this is what a serious rondo looks like.
“Ten Hag knows, which makes him saying he can’t coach United into being a serious team in possession, aka ‘playing like his Ajax team’ even worse.”
Club legend Ferdinand discussed United’s lack of identity when speaking to talkSPORT, and explained why it’s a major concern, despite backing the coach until the end of the season.
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“With Ten Hag, I want to see a style of football,” he said. “I can’t see a style of football and an identity and a philosophy when you look at so many teams around the league [and see that], whether they’re near the top or the bottom.
“You always know a Sean Dyche team when you see it. When he puts his team out you know he must be on the training ground working on his team.
“I spoke to Ten Hag before the Galatasaray game and I said, ‘why have we not seen a consistent performance from your team yet?’
“And he said, ‘well I’ve had a lot of injuries’ but I still think those other players that are coming in are on the training ground as well, they’re watching these training sessions and taking part.”