Manchester United’s disappointing start to the season came under the spotlight yet again, as they suffered a 3-2 defeat against Galatasaray, despite having a 2-1 advantage at one point.
This loss marks the sixth in just ten matches this term, a somber reflection of the worst commencement to a season for the club in almost four decades.
The result puts the future of manager Erik ten Hag under scrutiny.
When questioned about his position at the club, Ten Hag was upfront. “Last season: brilliant, terrific, more than we could expect,” he reflected, emphasizing the contrast from this season. However, the Dutchman was quick to recognise the challenges his team faces, stating, “At this moment we are in a very difficult period as everyone can see but we come out together, we are fighting together, we are sticking together and we are behind each other. That is me, the directors, the team, all together we will fight. This is not us, we know we have to do better, with togetherness we will come out. If I give an explanation, then you will see as excuses, there are no excuses. We can’t make the errors we are now making. We have to do better, it is a simple fact, we have to win our games.”
It’s noteworthy that under Ten Hag’s guidance, United experienced a significant upturn in form last season.
However, this campaign appears to be painting a different picture. The recent Galatasaray upset was a mere three days post a 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, pushing United to the tenth spot in the Premier League standings.
With the international break around the corner, Saturday’s fixture against Brentford at Old Trafford becomes even more pivotal. A prompt turnaround is crucial for United, lest they contemplate a managerial change once more.