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“Obsessed” – Erik ten Hag praised for man-management by former Man Utd player



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Erik ten Hag has been praised for his man-management skills by former Manchester United player Marcel Sabitzer.

Marcel Sabitzer’s career at Manchester United was a short one, with the player only playing 18 times for the club while on a 5-month loan deal after being drafted in to replace the injured Christian Eriksen.

Sabitzer scored three goals and provided one assist during his time including a fantastic goal against Fulham in the FA Cup, with the player lifting the Carabao Cup trophy during his time at Old Trafford, too.

Despite wanting to stay at the club on a permanent basis at the time, after his loan deal ended he was injured with a knee problem and other factors came into play, with the player eventually signing for Borussia Dortmund later that summer.

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Speaking to The Athletic, Sabitzer went into detail about having Erik ten Hag as a coach, explaining that he was “a man obsessed with details” and that the Dutchman would be incredibly meticulous with his tactical planning.

“You can wake him up at 3 a.m., he’d tell you his whole match plan by heart,” Sabitzer described. “He’s very knowledgeable about football and tactics — a very hard worker, a perfectionist. And he’s very straight with you.

“When I had a bad game, he showed me some situations and told me how to do it better next time. I liked that. You knew where you stood with him. He never threw you under the bus.

“Instead, he told players to go out and do better in the next game. I learned a lot about football working under him. He’s a very good coach.”