The Red Devils left-back believes a team that performed poorly last season will rediscover a spark under a new Dutch tactician.
Luke Shaw gave a thinly veiled critique of former Manchester United managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, explaining why Erik ten Hag is poised to succeed where his immediate predecessors failed. It was another summer of change at Old Trafford, with a Dutch manager called up to fill the most demanding posts in management.
A new era is being ushered in after the Red Devils’ worst record in the Premier League, which claimed just 58 points and a sixth-place finish, and Shaw says he’s already received enough encouragement to suggest things will be different under a proven winner.
Is Erik ten Hag the right appointment for Manchester United?
United have put their trust in a man who won three Eredivisie titles during his reign at Ajax, and Shaw said of the initial impression he made on Manchester: “Of course he is a top manager. He has a structure to play the way he wants us to play.
“We haven’t had that for a while and it became clear last season, which was extremely disappointing.
“We have to recover, and he’s been working really hard with us, but I think we need that. We’re really looking forward to this season because I know it’s going to be so much better than the last one.”
Will Erik ten Hag be a success at Manchester United?
Ten Hag’s mission is clear at Old Trafford, with the expectation that he will force United back into contention for a top four and Champions League qualification.
He’s also tasked with delivering tangible success on the silverware front, with the Red Devils having gone five years without making any additions to a glittering roll of honor.
Shaw is one of those prepared to admit the ultimate goals are obvious in 2022-23, with the England international choosing “trophy” as the necessary word to sum up United’s hopes for next season.
Ten Hag’s side are currently in Thailand for a friendly with Liverpool, with their new Premier League campaign set to open at home against Brighton on 7 August.