“We keep calm”- Erik ten Hag says Manchester United are not in ‘crisis’ after Chelsea win

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag shuns the rumours that the club is in “crisis”

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has rejected the idea that the club is facing a “crisis” this season. The 53-year-old insisted that he is pleased with the team’s proactive and courageous attitude in the face of adversity.

The Red Devils defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League to close the gap to the top-four. United are currently sixth in the Premier League, three points behind the fourth place Manchester City. Though, seventh place Newcastle United are yet to play their game and they’re currently one point behind United.

United have lost 10 games in all competitions this season with numerous negative rumours surrounding the club. Ten Hag struggled to apply a particular tactical approach earlier in the season, shunning the successful philosophy used at Ajax.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag shuns the rumours that the club is in “crisis”.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has earned the reputation for being too strict with players. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The Red Devils showed vulnerabilities in both the defensive and offensive phases of the game. However, Ten Hag has deployed a new tactical 4-2-4 formation with players having a rigid role. The tactics have helped earn some valuable victories with players like Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire playing a crucial role.

Ten Hag told the reporters (h/t BBC) that the team is headed in the good direction with no crisis. He said:

“Crisis? Not for us. We keep calm. The team is in a good direction. It is not a frustration but we could have made our life easier [by scoring more]. We were very dynamic, proactive and brave and we are pleased with that.”

Sky Sports reported that Ten Hag has lost some players in the dressing room after the unforgivable performance against Newcastle. The Red Devils lost 1-0 at St James Park as the Magpies dominated the whole game.

Fans and pundits berated the work ethic of many players during the game as they looked stagnant and unmotivated. United have faced the same problems since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired a decade ago.

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The Red Devils fanbase hopes that Ten Hag can keep the dressing room intact and redeem the current season. United are chasing the top four and have an outside chance of making it into the Champions League knockout stages.