Manchester United (MU) had to struggle to beat AC Omonia 3-2 in the third matchday of Group E of the 2022/23 Europa League, Thursday (6/9/2022). Had left behind, lucky they could make a comeback 2-3.
According to Erik ten Hag, the victory was obtained after deciding to rotate at the beginning of the second half. Understandably, the Red Devils were considered less attractive when Omonia took the lead thanks to Karim Ansarifard’s action in the 34th minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his friends were not even able to score a reply until the halftime break.
1. Rotation of players to make MU game more attractive
MU was less sharp in the first half, making Ten Hag play Marcus Rashford to replace Jadon Sancho when starting the second half. The arrival of Rashford had a big impact. He immediately scored the equalizer in the 53rd minute.
Then, Ten Hag played Anthony Martial in the 62nd minute to replace Bruno Fernandes. Martial only needed a minute to bring Manchester United overturned after scoring a goal in the 63rd minute.
Ten Hag is pleased that his substitution scheme has paid off. They make the MU game more attractive. Rashford became the actor of MU’s victory through his killer goal in the 84th minute.
“We ran more. We were too static, we had to make moves after going behind. That’s why we made substitutions. Substitutes had a brilliant impact, it made the team stronger,” said Ten Hag, according to UEFA’s official website.
2. Ten Hag spotlights MU mistakes
Ten Hag did not dodge, his team started the game well. However, they are not sharp. Instead of scoring first, David de Gea’s goal conceded because he lost focus. That’s what pissed off Ten Hag.
“We started well, with some chances. Then we made unnecessary mistakes. We have to learn from that.
3. MU is still perched in second place
After getting three additional points, MU is still perched in second place in Group E of the Europa League with a score of six points. They are still three points adrift of Real Sociedad, who are still firmly at the top of the standings.
Furthermore, Manchester United will face Everton in the 2022/23 Premier League continued on 10 October 2022. Then continue to host Omonia, 14 October 2022 in the Europa League this season.