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Erik Ten Hag Expresses Concern Over Red Devils’ Performance

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The Struggle Continues

Premier League news headlines relating to the Red Devils are focusing on Erik Ten Hag and not for the right reasons.

Manchester United’s recent draw against Brentford wasn’t pretty. Their stats looked more like a team fighting relegation than a top club. They’re struggling to play well right now.

Erik Ten Hag Expresses Concern Over Red Devils' Performance
Manchester United's Dutch manager Erik ten Hag/Paul ELLIS/AFP

On a particularly woeful night, Ten Hag’s team faced an onslaught of 31 shots on their goal, with Ivan Toney leading the charge for Brentford. This defensive vulnerability has become a recurring theme for Manchester United, with the team having faced a staggering 197 shots since the start of 2024, more than any other team in the league.


Adding to their woes, Brentford became the first team this season to register over 80 touches in their opponent’s box, highlighting the extent of Manchester United’s defensive frailties. The performance prompted criticism from pundits and former players alike, with many questioning Ten Hag’s tactics and the team’s overall direction.

 

Ten Hag’s Admits They Lack Spirit

Following the disappointing display, Erik Ten Hag openly admitted that his team had performed poorly. He acknowledged the lack of spirit and fight among his players, conceding that Manchester United did not deserve to win the match. Despite the setback, Ten Hag emphasized the need for consistency and improvement in future performances.

 


We didn’t deserve to win, but when you’re winning, you have to take it,” stated Ten Hag. “There was spirit and fight, but not enough. We should be consistent in the way we approach games and perform.”

Ten Hag’s remarks reflect the growing pressure on him as the head coach of Manchester United. With critics questioning his tactics and former players calling for change, the Dutchman faces the daunting task of turning the team’s fortunes around.

 

A Call for Improvement

Ten Hag remains focused on finding solutions and guiding the team back to winning ways. With nine Premier League games still ahead, there is an opportunity for redemption and improvement.


There are still many games to go. Of course, the points could be more expensive by the end. While I’m not happy with the performance, there is no misunderstanding,” affirmed Ten Hag. “We must learn from our mistakes and strive for consistency in our performances.

Things aren’t getting any easier for Ten Hag. The pressure’s on, and Premier League rumors are swirling that the team might be eyeing England boss Gareth Southgate to take over next season.

 

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