Erik Ten Hag is getting ready to make his Old Trafford debut this weekend and has already made significant changes to the stadium.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag took the unique choice of switching the dugouts at Old Trafford.
Prior to Sunday’s home friendly match against Rayo Vallecano, United have complied with Ten Hag’s request to move the home dugout to the west section of the stadium.
United has occupied the east section of the dugouts since they were erected with step access in the early 1990s, and they are moving after 30 years.
The Red Devils will host Rayo Vallecano this weekend in their final preseason game before taking on Brighton & Hove Albion in their opening Premier League game of the year.
The Dutchman will have a great understanding of what he still has to improve on before the match against the Seagulls.
The game will provide spectators with their first introduction to Ten Hag’s way of thinking at Old Trafford.
Some astute supporters may notice a significant alteration to the stadium when they attend because the new Red Devils manager made a decision to make quite a significant adjustment.
The positions of the two Old Trafford dugouts have been switched, as verified by a club statement.
As a result, the home team will be closer to the tunnel and the Stretford End because the home dugout will be on the west side of the midway line.
Now that they are positioned on the opposite side, the away team will be nearer to the traveling crowd.
Ten Hag’s visit to Old Trafford soon after receiving his formal unveiling in May is thought to have had a significant impact on the decision.
It is unclear whether the switch will be beneficial to the Red Devils in any way, but Ten Hag will undoubtedly be optimistic about turning around the team’s fortunes after a disastrous campaign the previous time around.
United are currently unbeaten in preseason play with victories over Crystal Palace, Melbourne Victory, and Liverpool before being thwarted to a 2-2 draw by Aston Villa.
While the Red Devils have a match against Vallecano on Sunday, they also have a match against Atletico Madrid in Norway the day before.
Although it is presently unknown how the team will be lined up for the match, Cristiano Ronaldo is one player who is guaranteed to be absent.
After submitting a transfer request to Manchester United, the Portuguese striker has been linked with a move to the Wanda Metropolitano this summer.
His absence is not thought to be connected; rather, he is exercising separately from the team because his fitness level is significantly lower than that of the rest of his colleagues.
When he was first introduced to the media in May, Ten Hag made his first-ever trip to Old Trafford.
John Murtough, the director of football for United, gave Ten Hag a tour of the facility.