Manchester United stars can’t handle Erik ten Hag’s style of play, says Rene Meulensteen
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 11, 2023 - 04:02AM
Casemiro has not found the form he showed last season so far this campaign (Picture: Getty Images)

Former coach Rene Meulensteen believes and Casemiro ‘can’t handle’ the style of play is trying to implement at the club.

It has been a tough season so far for the Red Devils, with just four wins from their opening eight matches, which sees them sitting 10th in the Premier League table.

It took two injury time goals to beat Brentford 2-1 on Saturday and see Ten Hag’s team clamber that high in the division, as they struggle for goals, defensive solidity and fluency.

Meulensteen, who was first team coach at Old Trafford under from 20017-13, believes the current players are not capable of the high energy, pressing style that Ten Hag wants to implement.

The Belgian has picked out two of the biggest names in the squad as guilty of this, feeling that Varane and Casemiro can’t handle the pace required to succeed.

‘United have certain shortcomings. [Varane] cannot handle the pace,’ he told . ‘The is dynamic. Everything goes at 100 kilometres per hour. That is the big problem in midfield. They have no energy and that is how the defence gets into trouble.

‘He [Ten Hag] wants to put a lot of pressure on, with a lot of intensity. Just like at . But he doesn’t have the players for that. The players don’t have the mentality to constantly put pressure on.

‘, for example, can’t handle it at all. Ten Hag has a certain conviction about how he wants to play. But he has to find ways to get there.’

Raphael Varane has struggled with injuries over his stint with Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Meulensteen, who is now coaching with the Australia national team, is not necessarily sympathetic for Ten Hag’s cause though, as he feels that the Dutchman has largely got players he wanted at Old Trafford.

‘He has brought in all the players and cannot say that he has not been supported. He has indicated that he is happy with this,’ said Meulensteen.

‘He gets a lot of credit from the fans. I understand that. But these are not players who were brought in by the Glazers and are now on the field. The responsibility of the players who are now on the field Standing is really up to Erik. And that’s how it should be.’

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