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Chelsea’s Comeback Shows Erik ten Hag Potential Glimpse of First-Choice Manchester United Defense

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Chelsea’s Comeback Shows Erik ten Hag Potential Glimpse of First-Choice Manchester United Defense
The recent defensive challenges faced by Manchester United against Chelsea might offer clarity for manager Erik ten Hag regarding his preferred backline.

In the last five games, United has experimented with different left-backs due to injuries and position changes, creating uncertainty. However, after the recent win against Chelsea, Ten Hag could have a clearer picture.

Injuries and positional adjustments have led to various players featuring at left-back, including Victor Lindelof, Sofyan Amrabat, Diogo Dalot, and Sergio Reguilon.

Luke Shaw, considered the best left-back, has been deployed at center-back due to Lisandro Martinez’s injury, aiming to utilize his left-footed passing for build-up play.
Despite United’s overall dominance in the recent Chelsea game, defensive vulnerabilities prompted Ten Hag to make adjustments. Shaw was moved to center-back, and Reguilon was brought on as left-back.

Reguilon’s impact was notable, making several interceptions, tackles, and contributing to offensive plays.
Reguilon’s sporadic use this season has raised questions, but his performance against Chelsea suggests he deserves a more consistent role.

If Shaw continues to feature at center-back, Reguilon could be a suitable left-back option. Ten Hag’s center-back options are limited in the absence of Martinez, making Shaw a natural deputy.
While Lindelof has been solid, Ten Hag prefers players who can open up the pitch, making Jonny Evans a potential alternative.

Additionally, in the right-back position, Dalot seems to be favored over Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The quartet of Shaw, Maguire, Reguilon, and Dalot showcased proactive and dynamic defending against Chelsea, earning them the chance to continue in upcoming matches.


Chelsea’s Comeback Shows Erik ten Hag Potential Glimpse of First-Choice Manchester United Defense

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