Dec 05, 2023 at 4:08 PM Update: 8 minutes ago
Despite the mounting criticism, manager Erik ten Hag still feels supported by the Manchester United players. Out of dissatisfaction with reporting from English media, the Dutchman banned four journalists from his press conference.
Various media outlets published the story on Tuesday morning that the confidence of part of the playing group in Ten Hag is shaky. The selection would also not agree with the way in which the Dutchman deals with Jadon Sancho. The attacker is still not welcome in the first team.
This was a reason for Manchester United to ban the journalists from Manchester Evening News, ESPN, The Mirror and Sky Sports from the press moment on Tuesday afternoon, during which Ten Hag looked ahead to the match against Chelsea. According to the club, they did not respond.
The journalists who were allowed to attend the press conference asked Ten Hag about the crisis mood at Old Trafford. United lost to Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday and can all but forget about wintering in the Champions League. As a result, criticism of Ten Hag is increasing again.
“I’m sure the players are behind me,” said Ten Hag. “You saw that in the comeback against Brentford and in the matches against Burnley and Fulham. In those matches the team showed character, determination and resilience. Without unity you cannot play such great football.”
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‘No unrest in the dressing room’
Ten Hag does acknowledge that there are players who are dissatisfied. “I always listen to my players and always give them the opportunity to say it. If the players have a different opinion, I will of course listen to them. That was at most two players.”
According to Ten Hag, there is no unrest at Manchester United. “At least not in the changing rooms. There are rumors, but we are not distracted by that. Our process is going in the right direction. There is progress.”
Yet Ten Hag does not close his eyes to the disappointing results. “But the players are not robots. When you play three matches in six days, fatigue can set in. That is no excuse, but we have to do something about it.”
Manchester United receives Chelsea as number seven in the Premier League. The Londoners are doing even worse than the English record champion. The team of coach Mauricio Pochettino occupies tenth place in the rankings.
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