Manchester United fans believe ‘Erik ten Hag ball’ is finally coming together after an incredible bit of play in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol.
The Red Devils won their first Europa League game of the season out in Moldova thanks to first half goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was a professional performance from United for the most part, but the build-up for Sancho’s opener caught everyone’s eye on social media.
Starting with left-back Tyrell Malacia, the away side made 12 passes before Sancho slotted past goalkeeper Maksym Koval. Check it out below.
ERIK TEN HAG BALL.???
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What’s noticeable is how efficient United are with the ball when moving it across the pitch. It’s one touch stuff, something that was lacking at times last season.
The final move is a piece of brilliance from Christian Eriksen too, who lifts the ball into Sancho’s path beautifully.
Supporters are trying to not get too carried away online but they think ten Hag’s vision is starting to take form.
One person commented: “Broooo, we couldn’t string 5 passes without losing the ball last season.”
Another said: “Ronaldo drawing four defenders to give Sancho space is not spoken about.”
A third tweeted: “Eriksen and Antony are perfect for this system.”
While someone added: “Love this. Ten Hag is gonna have us cooking soon.”
Sancho’s goal was his third of the season already, after scoring just five in his debut campaign.
The 22-year-old was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad earlier on Thursday and he’s not played for the national team in 11 months.
United doubled their lead six minutes before the break thanks to Ronaldo’s penalty and he celebrated in trademark fashion.
A confident second half followed and United managed to keep their third clean sheet in five games.
“I think for me the second half was better than the first half because we created chances a lot better,” ten Hag explained in his post-match interview.
“After the 15th minute, we dictated the game and created many chances.
“We can also be proud we kept a clean sheet which is also very good. We didn’t give them a chance and that was because in possession we did well to keep the ball.”
United return to action on October 2 against bitter rivals Manchester City.