Erik ten Hag: Recent History Suggests Man United Boss Is Running out Of Time at The Club

Erik ten Hag: Recent History Suggests Man United Boss Is Running out Of Time at The Club

Rene Otinga
September 23, 2023 at 4:30 PM
  • Manchester United have already lost four games in all competitions this season
  • Erik ten Hag is currently under pressure to turn the team’s fortunes around amid issues off the pitch
  • Recent history suggests the manager may not have that much time before United chiefs consider drastic action

Erik ten Hag will have to turn the fortunes of Manchester United around sooner than later, if the club’s recent patterns with managers is anything to go by.

The Red Devils’ 2023/24 campaign has not started the way fans would have wanted, as they have already lost three Premier League games.

Sections of pundits have already ruled United out of the title race, while in the Champions League, things are also looking slightly bleak after an opening defeat to Bayern Munich.

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Erik ten Hag of Manchster United gestures during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Bayern München and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on September 20, 2023 in Munich, Germany. Photo by Stefan Brauer.
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To say United are in a rut would be an understatement as Ten Hag is battling issues both on and off the pitch so early in the season.

Manchester United’s off-pitch woes

As cited on Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag lacks his top players for different reasons.

Several big names are sidelined with injury, while winger Antony is still on leave as he sorts out domestic abuse allegations.

Jadon Sancho, meanwhile, remains exiled by the club amid an ongoing feud with Ten Hag, who wants an apology from the winger before reintegrating him back into the squad.

Combine all this with the fact that United are hardly getting results on the pitch, and one gets to see just how much the club is in shambles.

Will Ten Hag get sacked?

Ten Hag managed a third-place finish in his first season with Manchester United, something which was impressive in its own right.

But a club of United’s magnitude tends to have lofty demands in terms of targets for the season, and Ten Hag could find himself having to answer some difficult questions if results fail to go his way.

Four defeats in all competitions so early on in the season is likely to ring alarm bells, especially with how United has handled managers with a poor run of form in the past.

According to TalkSport, Jose Mourinho was sacked in the 2018/19 season after his side won just seven of their opening 17 matches.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed in 2021 after recording a torrid stat of losing five out of their last seven Premier League games.

Further back in time, United dismissed David Moyes after the gaffer recorded six defeats at home. An FA Cup defeat to Swansea proved to be the final straw.

Jonny Evans backs Onana

Sports Brief also reported on how Jonny Evans backed Andre Onana amid the embattled Manchester United goalkeeper’s woes.

Onana joined United over the summer and was immediately installed as the first choice, replacing departed club legend David de Gea, whose contract expired.

He is not having the best start to life between the sticks for the Red Devils and has conceded 14 goals in his opening six games, including 10 in the last three games.

Veteran defender Jonny Evans, speaking to TNT Sports, said Onana shouldn't have granted the interview and backed him to turn the situation around and have a great career at Old Trafford.

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