Erik ten Hag’s journey as Manchester United’s manager started with a stumble, facing defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion in his debut competitive match. Another setback followed, a significant one, against Brentford. However, these initial challenges set the stage for a remarkable turnaround, even though both opponents turned out to have impressive seasons.

The team swiftly regained its footing with four consecutive victories, notably triumphing over Liverpool and Arsenal. This marked the beginning of a remarkable 30-match unbeaten streak at home – the longest since a 40-game sequence from September 2016 to December 2017.

The sequence began with a 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad in the Europa League, a match influenced by a contentious penalty decision and the somber news of Her Majesty The Queen’s passing, contributing to an unusual atmosphere.

A hard-fought encounter against Omonia Nicosia followed, with Scott McTominay securing a last-minute victory. Newcastle United managed to hold United at bay, indicating that the team was still finding its rhythm. The subsequent 2-0 victory over Tottenham showcased the team’s capabilities, and Sheriff Tiraspol and West Ham were also overcome.

The floodgates opened against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, resulting in a spirited 4-2 triumph. Following the winter World Cup hiatus, the Carabao Cup journey continued with a pre-Christmas victory against Burnley, and the exceptional Rashford demonstrated his prowess.

The team’s dominant form continued at home, with Rashford scoring in four successive fixtures, including a brace against Charlton Athletic. A significant test awaited in the Manchester derby against City, where Ten Hag’s side showcased their resilience, overturning a deficit to win 3-1.

Rashford’s nine-game scoring streak at home was halted by a disallowed goal against Reading in the Emirates FA Cup. Leeds United posed a challenge, leading 2-0, but Rashford and Sancho secured a draw for United.

By- Sahiba Suri

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