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Erik ten Hag is starting to do what Sir Alex Ferguson did for Manchester United

It’s been more than five years since Manchester United were this good at Old Trafford. Nothing has summed up United’s demise over the last decade more than their once impenetrable home being ransacked by visiting teams on a regular basis, but under Erik ten Hag the fortress is being rebuilt.

David Moyes’ team lost at home to West Brom, Everton, Newcastle and Swansea, who also beat Louis van Gaal’s side at Old Trafford. The Dutchman was also beaten by Southampton (twice), West Brom, again, and Norwich at home.

Jose Mourinho came with a record of being unbeatable at home, but lost tamely to Sevilla, West Brom (them, again), and twice to Manchester City. The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era included home defeats by Cardiff, Crystal Palace (twice), Burnley and Sheffield United. Ralf Rangnick’s temporary reign still included a loss to Wolves at Old Trafford

You get the picture. The fear factor had vanished and the crumbling Old Trafford stands were a metaphor for what was unfolding beneath them.

A lick of paint has been applied to the exterior of the stadium but the greater structural work has taken place on the pitch. Ten Hag has transformed United’s fortunes in a matter of months, improving key players and making some transformative signings.

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