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Erik ten Hag explains why he hasn’t changed the line-up

The new manager wants his players to keep the momentum rolling

By Harry Smith

The new manager wants his players to keep the momentum rolling
The new manager wants his players to keep the momentum rolling
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When Manchester United first announced the starting XI that Erik ten Hag had selected to face Leicester City tonight at the King Power Stadium, everyone was surprised to see him repeating the exact same line-up as the last two Premier League games. For that reason, the Red Devils’ manager was questioned about his decision by the media before kick-off.

The Dutchman is happy with what these players give to him on the pitch: “You want to get in routines, the XI did well so we keep going. We have a lot of games to come so other players will come in. It’s about the process, that has to be good. Good organization, possession, being dynamic, having intensity, and pressing with intensity too”, he told BT Sport.

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When he was asked by the club’s media if he considered starting Casemiro for this match, he said that he did consider him, but team momentum was more important: “Of course, it was an option, a really good option. But the last two games we’ve played quite well and so I want to give them a chance this game as well”, he told MUTV.

Manchester United will face Arsenal on Sunday in what will arguably be the toughest challenge for Erik ten Hag so far this season since the Gunners are on top of the Premier League table with a perfect record after five games played. That’s why most people thought that the new manager would have rotated some of his players for tonight’s match, which wasn't the case.

He doesn’t want to change things

It looks like Erik ten Hag likes the famous saying: “Don’t change what’s not broken”, which is true in some sense, but repeating the same line-up for the third game in a row might not be the best idea when you’re about to play against the most in-form team this weekend. This was also the perfect opportunity for Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo to play a full match after some time.

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