January 02 News According to the latest report from Manchester Evening News Manchester United editor-in-chief Samuel Luckhurst,
He revealed the details of Manchester United coach ten Hag’s "arrangement" on the sidelines.
In the game against Wolves, Manchester United and Wolves fell into a stalemate.
In the 69th minute, Ten Hag waved his arms and asked his deputy to call the players on the field.
Rashford thought it was him at first, but it turned out that ten Hag was calling Casemiro.
Ten Hag brandished a small whiteboard, later footage revealed to be a miniature tactical board with 22 magnetic pieces, not unlike the travel-sized board games kids play on car trips.
Ten Hag kept rearranging the pieces, like one trying to solve a sliding puzzle, while ten Hag figured out both the progression of the game and the substitutions made by Wolves, who switched to a three-back system.
Casemiro overcame the language barrier mainly through ten Hag’s assistant, Mitchell van der Gaag, whose wife speaks fluent Portuguese, whom he met while playing for Martimo.
Van der Garg remained seated while Ten Hag kept talking.
Gomez and Rayan Al Nouri weren’t even on the pitch, and Ten Hag was all set for their presence.
The game was restarted in the 71st minute and they came off the bench in the 73rd minute, with United leading 1-0 in the 76th minute.
Such was Ten Hag’s meticulous and aggressive planning that this seven-minute timeline was no fluke.