Manchester United board have five reasons to sack Erik ten Hag as woes worsen before Newcastle

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is under immense pressure ahead of Newcastle showdown

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 31/10/2023

- 10:52

The Dutchman is struggling to improve the club's fortunes at Old Trafford ahead of Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash

This season was meant to signal the start of Manchester United regularly challenging for the Premier League title again.

However, in the wake of Sunday's catastrophic 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, it's clear the Red Devils are lightyears away from scooping the biggest trophy in the country.

United were comprehensively outplayed by their fierce rivals, with Erling Haaland netting twice and Phil Foden also on target.

The club are in a crisis, just months after they looked to have turned the corner. GB News now takes a look at five reasons they have to axe Ten Hag and finally put the 53-year-old out of his misery...

Poor results

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag looks dejected after his side's 3-0 defeat to Man City on Sunday


Let's start with the obvious one.

United obviously haven't scaled the heights of old ever since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement back in 2013.

But though standards have slipped, results and performances this season are particularly bad.

United have won just five of their first 10 Premier League matches to leave them sitting eighth in the table.

They're also facing a fight to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, too, having picked up just three points from a possible nine so far.

And if United lose to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night it will compound their worst-ever start to a season.

No style of play

Part of the reason United hired Ten Hag last year was because they loved his style of play at Ajax.

But the Dutchman has now conceded he can't implement the same style at Old Trafford.

Those comments should set alarm bells ringing at United because, with Ten Hag abandoning his own principles, it means they have no set style of play.

It was a similar story under the likes of David Moyes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho, too.

Louis van Gaal remains the only United boss post-Ferguson to actually bring a style, even if it often frustrated supporters of the club.

That's damning for Ten Hag with United far too easy to play against - while they also offer precious little going forward.

Star men off the boil

Another worry for the club will be how two of their best players have regressed alarmingly.

Firstly Marcus Rashford, who was given a bumper new deal by the club back in the summer after scoring 30 goals across all competitions last season.

That was meant to be the turning point for the England international after years of blowing hot and cold.

But Rashford is now a shadow of that player and has scored just once for United so far this season.

Bruno Fernandes' drop-off in form is alarming as well.

The Portugal international has often been United's shining light but goals and assists have dried up - and the stats don't look good either.

Questionable signings

United have got their recruitment wrong ever since Ferguson packed his bags and strolled off into the sunset.

Under Ten Hag, history seems to be repeating itself.

Antony was dire against City when he came on and the Brazil international has never looked remotely like justifying his massive £86million transfer fee.

Ten Hag doesn't appear to trust Sofyan Amrabat, who arrived on loan from Fiorentina back in the summer.

Andre Onana has often struggled, while Mason Mount is being overlooked by his manager despite being fit - and getting the club's famous No 7 shirt back in the summer.

And Rasmus Hojlund continues to wait for a first Premier League goal. All in all, none of the signings United have made under Ten Hag look like they're capable of carrying the club back to the top.


Baffling selections

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Manchester United duo Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have gone off the boil ahead of Newcastle clash


Ten Hag's selection policy has seen his popularity among United fans wane this season.

Was it really wise to bench Sergio Reguilon and Raphael Varane for the match with City? Probably not.

His decision to start Scott McTominay over Mount, despite spending big in order to acquire the latter from Chelsea, has raised eyebrows too.

And sticking with Fernandes and Rashford, despite their poor form, has been another point of contention.

All in all, United are a shambles. If they don't turn it around soon, history suggests Ten Hag will be the one who pays the ultimate price.

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