Former Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor claims Manchester United are benefiting from dropping forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Additionally, Agbonlahor singled out six Manchester United players for praise: Jadon Sancho, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes, and Scott McTominay.
Erik ten Hag, the new manager of Manchester United, has had a spectacular turnaround after a dismal start to his tenure.
Man United lost their first two Premier League games before winning their next four, moving them up the standings to fifth place with 12 points after six games.
Agbonlahor also thinks that Man United now has the team spirit they’ve been missing for a while.
“Man United look a lot better now. They look more organised and like they have a better team spirit. Everyone was calling for Man United to drop Ronaldo and play players who want to press, and they’re reaping the benefits,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
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“You look at Eriksen and Fernandes in the middle creating, and McTominay looking good.
“Antony looks like a great signing. Sancho is starting to want to take players on, and Rashford is looking like we want to see and think we have. This amazing Rashford is a guarantee for the World Cup with the way he’s playing.
“It’s looking better at Man United. What it has done as well probably forced [Todd] Boehly’s hand at Chelsea to think, ‘If I don’t change this soon, we might not make the top four’.
“There are at least six teams fighting for the top four. There is no reason why Chelsea are guaranteed to get it or Spurs or Arsenal. United will be fancying themselves on their recent form to get into the top four.”