March 5, 2024

Man Utd: Erik ten Hag could face dressing room mutiny going into two must-win fixtures | Football | Sport

Erik ten Hag faces a tough task to pull his dressing room together as Manchester United fight to keep their disastrous season alive this month. The Red Devils’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are hanging by a thread, potentially making it FA Cup or bust in the coming months.

Sunday’s 3-1 derby defeat at Manchester City left United in sixth, 11 points behind fourth-place Aston Villa and six adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth – having played one more game than Spurs.

With Liverpool, Arsenal, Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United still to play in the final 11 league fixtures, there is little room for further error if Ten Hag is to salvage his second season.

The Dutchman’s uncertain future won’t be helping, with INEOS yet to decide on whether he’s the manager they envisage guiding the club forward in the coming years.

According to the Mail, United’s dressing room believes that the club’s new football higher powers will make a change this summer, dismissing Ten Hag before the final year of his three-year contract.

And the Manchester Evening News claim that some players have been left concerned by the workload piled onto them by their manager this term.

It’s claimed that there is a feeling that his desired intensity is too high after United played 62 matches in the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season.

Relentless injury issues have hampered Ten Hag’s progress. There have been 47 separate absences through injury or illness since the start of the 2023/24 campaign.

He was without nine first-team players for the trip to City. However, the report claims that some of his stars believe his unrealistic intensity demands have played a part in the glaring problem.

United simply must defeat Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday if they are to prevent their top-four hopes ending entirely.

Aston Villa and Tottenham face each other, meaning United would gain ground on at least one of their rivals if they beat Sean Dyche’s struggling Toffees.

The Red Devils are back at Old Trafford next weekend for the crunch FA Cup quarter-final clash against Premier League leaders and Carabao Cup holders Liverpool.

Ten Hag is aiming to reach back-to-back FA Cup finals, knowing the competition represents his final chance for silverware this term.

But the Dutchman’s dressing room is seemingly fragile. And if United fail to take three points against Everton and crash out of the cup, it’s an issue that will only get worse.


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