ormer Netherlands international, Nigel de Jong says Manchester United is being transformed under manager Erik ten Hag.
De Jong reckons Ten Hag has already tackled the task by signing players like Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia, and Antony, who will “go to war” for him.
He said: “Erik has 23 egos in his squad at Man United. You can have the best players in the world, but you can only start building a proper side when you can turn all those egos into a team.
“Ten Hag has chosen his players carefully. I can see one thing, he has picked players with whom he can win a war. I can see the strategy already. Look at Martinez in the team. He has that killer mentality. Martinez will run through fire for Ten Hag.
“Antony is adding swagger. He too has a mentality what we call ‘over my dead body’. I have seen that side of Antony plenty of times. United have done really good business in my opinion. The spirit in the team has changed.
“Last year, if they conceded a goal, the team collapsed like a house of playing cards. Now, we can all see the energy and strong mentality in the United team. There is a real team on the pitch again.”
And he can already see the Dutchman’s impact at Old Trafford. De Jong added: “Ten Hag has already convinced the players that they need to operate as a team.
“It is all about fighting for every yard and working hard. That is what the players need to know. That is a start. Then results will follow. At this moment, United are still scoring more goals from counter-attacks than from a dominant style of football.
“But the main thing is that they are winning games and for Ten Hag, that is how he can bring more confidence into the team. Eventually, he can get them to play the way he wants.”