Manchester United have three games to do something they've never done before under Erik ten Hag
Here’s a question with an inevitably underwhelming answer. What is Manchester United’s best away win under Erik ten Hag?
A come-from-behind win at Goodison Park last season? Winning at Elland Road? The victory at Turf Moor earlier this season when the pressure was at its most intense? The first was an Everton side going nowhere but down under Frank Lampard. Leeds is always hostile but they now play their football in the Championship. The only team to play at Turf Moor and not win so far this season is the team that plays there every week.
By performance, it was perhaps the 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Nottingham Forest last season. By league position, it was the late 2-1 win at Fulham a year ago. There were some good nights in Spain in Europe, with 1-0 wins at Real Sociedad and Real Betis, but this is middle-of-the-road opposition. The 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp might actually be United’s best day on the road under Ten Hag.
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All of this is a roundabout way of saying United really haven’t been very good away from home under the Dutchman. Yes, they’ve won three in a row on the road in the Premier League, but Burnley and Sheffield United are on their way back to the Championship and Fulham aren’t what they were last season.
United’s record against the best teams or at places with a hostile or difficult atmosphere is particularly poor. Think the Etihad, Anfield, St James’ Park, Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and the Parken Stadium. They played well in the last of those games to be fair, but still lost. They started well at Tottenham this season and lost. They started well in Munich and lost.