Manchester United’s Dressing Room Dynamics Shift Under Erik ten Hag
Ten Hag has won 51 of his 83 games in command since coming to Old Trafford in May 2022, and he has also won an EFL Cup.
But in that time, the Dutchman and his team have also lost 22 games, so they have also regularly been the target of criticism.
United is currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League standings and is in danger of being eliminated from the Champions League during the group round.
However, issues off the field have also drawn unwelcome attention. One such instance is the protracted standoff between Ten Hag and Jadon Sancho, which arose when the winger refused to apologise for criticising his manager for doubting his effort in training.
Half of the United squad has lost faith in Ten Hag because he hasn’t demonstrated a desire to make things right, according to Sky Sports News.
According to the article, the 53-year-old has also not followed through on discussions that United players have initiated in recent months over other matters.
“Quite a few players are unhappy with the style of play,” according to chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol, and “they believe that they are training too hard.”
In addition, a few players believe that his man-management abilities “could be a little better,” but Ten Hag is reportedly unwilling to adjust his strategies.
This season, United has played in 21 games; they have won 10 of them, lost 10, and only drawn one, a 3-3 thriller against Galatasaray last week in which United twice had a two-goal lead.
Premier League leaders Arsenal leads United by nine points going into this week’s back-to-back home games against Chelsea and Bournemouth.
According to reports, Ten Hag is currently expected to receive funding in January so that he may make roster adjustments, possibly with the assistance of players like Sancho being loaned out.
Nevertheless, their degree of expenditure might rely in part on if Sir Jim Ratcliffe is able to formally close on a 25% acquisition of United, which would reportedly see him take a major role in the club’s future transfer activity.