Man Utd determined to reverse campaign fortunes, asserts Ten Hag
Erik ten Hag expressed on Friday that Manchester United are united in their efforts to overcome the difficulties they have faced at the start of the season.
The Red Devils have experienced a tumultuous beginning to the campaign, losing four out of their first six matches across all competitions. This poses a significant challenge for the Dutch manager, who finds himself in this situation just over a month into the new season.
Manchester United’s next match is against struggling Burnley on Saturday, and they currently find themselves in 13th place in the Premier League after a string of disappointing performances. Their away form has also been concerning, as they have lost 18 of their last 35 away matches in all competitions.
Reflecting on his tenure at the club, Ten Hag acknowledged, “It’s my second year.” Last season, his team finished third in the table, putting an end to a six-year trophy drought. He emphasized that progress is not always linear and outlined the importance of unity in challenging moments. He stated, “You will have your gaps and you get stronger from it as long as you stay together, and that’s what we’re doing. The dressing room, staff, all the staff, coaches, medical, everyone is united and at United you fight.”
Reports of discontent within the dressing room have emerged, with questions raised about the attitude of some players. In response, Ten Hag attempted to present a positive outlook, stating, “I don’t know if it’s a leak, but I know the opinions. I know my players. Everyone can make suggestions, and we are open to it.”
Manchester United has also been plagued by injuries, with players like Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat, and Harry Maguire potentially unavailable for the upcoming match. Ten Hag responded cautiously when asked about their availability.
A notable issue for the team has been their defensive solidity, demonstrated by the 14 goals conceded in their last five games. Goalkeeper Andre Onana took responsibility for a mistake he made in the recent 4-3 Champions League defeat against Bayern. However, Ten Hag believes the problems extend beyond individual errors, emphasizing the collective nature of the team. He remarked, “It’s about the team. As a team, we don’t have the desired results at the moment, so individuals may not deliver the expected performances. It’s not just one player; it’s more than that, including the manager.”
Ten Hag concluded by highlighting the importance of teamwork, stating, “I always tell my players we attack with 11 and we defend with 11. When one or two players are not fulfilling their roles, it affects the entire team, like a pack of cards.”