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Erik Ten Hag Addresses Rumours of A Revolt in Man United Dressing Room
- Journalists were barred from attending Manchester United’s press conference on Tuesday
- This came amid reports players were revolting against Erik ten Hag
- The United boss has since addressed the rumours with a concise statement
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has addressed rumours of unrest in his team’s dressing room.
Ten Hag is battling a fresh wave of criticism after United’s tame 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday, December 2.
In the wake of the defeat, the Dutchman was subjected to nasty rumours claiming he had lost part of the dressing room after clashing with Anthony Martial during the match against the Magpies.
All the drama surrounding United led to the club barring four journalists from Tuesday’s press conference, after an order from United's communications director Andrew Ward.
"We're taking action against a number of news organisations today, not for publishing stories we don't like, but for doing so without contacting us first to give us the opportunity to comment, challenge or contextualize,” United said in a statement.
Ten Hag’s take
Ten Hag diffused the rumours of a revolt against him in the presser, insisting the players still back him.
“Stories in the media about players are not true. No chaos in the dressing room,” the gaffer said, as cited by Football insider Fabrizio Romano.
“In every team there are always players who are not playing or playing less who are less happy. In some circumstances you need that, they have to wait for their chance. But no, there are no issues”.
According to GOAL.com, Ten Hag further singled out the Newcastle defeat as “one bad game”, citing the 3-0 win against Everton and 3-3 draw against Galatasaray as examples of how well his side can play.
Ten Hag also addressed the issue of four journalists who were barred from attending the presser, saying:
"They should come to us first and not go around our back printing articles,"
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Before the Newcastle defeat, United was the form team of the Premier League, winning five of their last six games.
However, an underlying problem that is yet to be addressed is the fact that Ten Hag’s team tends to struggle against teams in the top half of the table. They have already lost to Arsenal, Manchester City, Brighton and Tottenham.
United’s next game
The Red Devils will hope to return to winning ways on Wednesday, December 6 when they come up against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
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Heckingbottom’s dismissal came after The Blades suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Burnley over the weekend.
Chris Wilder was confirmed as Heckingbottom’s successor at Sheffield United manager as he takes over his second stint with the Bramall Lane club.