Youth football expert explains why Erik Ten Hag is not playing Manchester United starlets
We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…
With Manchester United struggling, youth football expert Harry Hudson has explained why Erik Ten Hag is not selecting the younger players.
The Red Devils were blown away by Thomas Frank’s Brentford last weekend as the Bees stormed to a 4-0 win and left Ten Hag’s side in the relegation zone after two matches.
The experienced professionals at Old Trafford are still being selected over some of the talented youngsters that have shone at Carrington but Hudson understands why the new manager is choosing that road.
“It’s really difficult because Ten Hag has got to turn in round very quickly,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids. “The brutality of football means it will be his job that goes first.
“It does sound ludicrous but that is the way it is so he has to get results as quick as he can and it’s not always the right thing to drop players.
“The other thing is as a young player, is a team that is really struggling and under loads of pressure the right environment to feel comfortable and express themselves?
“If you look at the United teams of old and the way they brought through young players, they were surrounded by experience and players at the top of their game in great form so the fans were behind them too.
“Sometimes it’s about getting the right chance rather than a chance because you don’t want to crucify them at the wrong time.”
United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday evening with both sides surprisingly yet to take victory this season with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds having drawn both games 1-1 against Fulham and Crystal Palace.
In other Manchester United news, Hudson believes there are deeper issues at the club that just Ten Hag and insists that the poor form is not his fault.