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Some Manchester United players blame Erik ten Hag’s pre-season routine for poor start to the season

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag (Image: PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag (Image: PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Manchester United players reportedly blaming the manager Erik ten Hag for their poor start to the current season

Manchester United players are reportedly blaming the manager Erik ten Hag for their disastrous start to the season. The Red Devils have lost nine out of 18 games in all competitions so far this season.

The current season is the first time in 50 years that United lost nine games in the first 17 matches. Ten Hag has failed to build balance among the senior players while also struggling to find the best tactical approach.

The Red Devils have conceded 30 goals while only scoring 25 goals throughout the current season. The visible vulnerability in all departments has remained a serious concern since the beginning of the season.

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has forsaken the playing philosophy that achieved him success at Ajax. (Credit: Javier Garcia/SHUTTERSTOCK)

The Guardian reported that Ten Hag increased the intensity of the training during the pre-season. The Dutchman wanted to prepare the senior team for title contention after finishing third in the Premier League last season.

Ten Hag criticized the training performance of Jadon Sancho at the beginning of the season right after the Arsenal game. Ten Hag excluded Sancho from the matchday squad as United lost 3-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The England forward retaliated immediately by defending his training performance and blaming the manager for scapegoating him. United banished Sancho from the first-team facilities with his future in serious doubt.

Ten Hag has deployed a rigid 4-2-4 formation in the last two games for United before the November international break. The formation gave the Red Devils a promising start in the away Champions League game against FC Copenhagen.

United took a two-goal lead earlier in the game but the game changed after a red card to Marcus Rashford. Copenhagen won the game 4-3 eventually as the Red Devils’ defensive frailties came back to haunt them.

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Ten Hag has gained a reputation for being very strict in training and disciplining the senior team. However, the players need to hold themselves accountable as many have given very poor individual performances.

United need to get their act together if they want to stand a chance to make it to the top four in the Premier League. Furthermore, the Red Devils are on the brink of a Champions League elimination before reaching the knockout stages. The failure to make it beyond the Group stage is unacceptable for a club of United’s stature.

Written by Siddharth Juyal

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