Erik ten Hag on the new role of Victor Lindelof and Bruno Fernandes
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Erik ten Hag is a man who likes to experiment a lot. He showed it in last night's match, in which his Manchester United beat Nottingham Forrest and qualified for the final of the EFL Cup. In the last part of the match, the Dutchman decided to introduce Victor Lindelof into the game.
The Swede played as a defensive midfielder, which is not the position he is used to. However, Erik Ten Hag emphasized that Lindelof has experience with this. "Lindelof was educated as a six, as a controlling, holding midfielder in Benfica," said Ten Hag, as quoted by mirror.co.uk "So I know he can do that and we already tried it before in training and maybe in one game.
But also I sometimes want my centre-halves playing in midfield positions so that we create dynamics. So it’s just to construct more dynamics in the team."
Antony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho also entered the game in the second half.
All three looked great, and the return of Jadon Sancho, who has been absent from the field for a long time, is especially pleasing. Sancho had certain mental barriers that he wanted to work on. The young Englishman worked individually, and now he is finally back.
There are great expectations from him for the rest of the season. "It was one thought about, but also to bring a different dynamic in the team, I wanted to see how that works, we brought Bruno more times before in the wide position," Ten Hag said.
"I think it’s difficult to anticipate it when you first have to deal with Antony, then you bring a semi-wide player there, it’s difficult to anticipate, Bruno is really effective but I want to see the combination with Jadon and Anthony Martial, we’ve seen a different dynamic, that can help us and give us more opportunities in the future."