Erik ten Hag vows to turn around Manchester United fortunes ahead of Newcastle United clash
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is under pressure after the poor start to the season and there have been murmurs regarding his future at the club following last Sunday’s 3-0 humbling against Manchester City.
The Red Devils were not just mauled at home but showed little fight or ambition against their bitter foes. The loss to City doesn’t just deprive us of bragging rights but also sets us back in the race for a top four finish.
Man United have not appeared convincing this season and several of wins can be termed fortuitous. The lack of a playing style or identity is particularly acute and it is something Ten Hag needs to rectify as soon as possible.
With fans downcast and the mood around the club one of gloom and doom, Ten Hag has sent out a message to fans in the pre-match program in the United Review (h/t ESPN) ahead of the Carabao Cup clash against Newcastle United.
Ten Hag goes on to claim that he is well aware of the expectations at a club like United and will strive to ensure the season is salvaged. More so, he has reaffirmed that it is only a matter of time before we see the Manchester United that we love and expect to tear it up on the pitch.
“I believe that it is only a matter of time before we are showing our true selves. It will come, I am certain.”
The Dutchman is keen to leave the disappointment behind and build a better future. He stressed the need to move forward together and rectify the mistakes made earlier in the campaign. After all, there is still much to play for.
“We have never spent too long enjoying our victories, so we will not spend too much time thinking about our losses. We must always look forward, together.”
The game against Newcastle gives us the ideal opportunity to get our campaign back on track. In what is a repeat of last season’s Carabao Cup final, Ten Hag will hope his side can once again come out on top as they seek to defend the trophy successfully.
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While Ten Hag certainly knows how to speak a good game, the litmus test will come on the pitch. Should the Red Devils crash out of the League Cup tonight, the Dutchman could find the chair he is sitting on getting increasingly unsteady.