Manchester United lost two consecutive matches by three goals to nothing at Old Trafford in the space of days to send alarm bells ringing for manager Erik ten Hag.
It was the first time since October 1962 they had lost back-to-back games by 3+ goals, while this was Newcastle’s biggest away win against the Red Devils since September 1930.
United have lost eight of their 15 matches this season, the first time since the 1962/63 campaign.
Ten Hag’s tactics have unsurprisingly come under fire. Many people expect him to replicate the football his Ajax side played, but he said he does not have the players to conjure the magic again.
Ten Hag’s side has lacked resolve this season. They have lacked cohesion in many phases, leading to lacklustre showings.
“The intention is clear, but definitely the execution isn’t there. At the moment, we have so many changes every game.
“We can’t line up the same. We miss players in the back four and that doesn’t help your routines.
“Also, the midfield, we have to adjust. But we have to win, and we can’t find excuses.
“They (players) want to put this right. We know the standards here, and we have to match the standards every day. We had two big setbacks, but the staff is strong, and the manager is strong to put it right.”
It is essential to remember that Ten Hag still has qualities that make him a strong candidate for the job despite the alarming recent setbacks at Old Trafford and the growing concerns surrounding United’s campaign.
Injuries and out-of-form key players have blighted their season, but Ten Hag can still turn things around.
Ten Hag may yet salvage the season and guide United to stability if he is given the time.
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