Manchester United is gearing up for a crucial Premier League clash with Burnley, desperately seeking a turnaround in their fortunes.
Under the management of Erik ten Hag, the Red Devils find themselves grappling with a trifecta of challenges – defensive woes, scoring difficulties, and a dip in confidence.
The recent 4-3 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and a poor start in the Premier League, with three losses in their opening five fixtures, have left fans questioning the Ten Hagg and his tactics.
Nevertheless, the Man United boss remains steadfast in his belief that the squad is united like its name and is fully committed to reversing their fortunes.
“It’s my second year. I know it’s not always only going up, you will have your gaps and you get stronger from it as long as you stay together, and that’s what we’re doing,” Ten Hag said ahead of Saturday’s match against Burnley.
“The dressing room, staff, all the staff, coaches, medical, everyone is united and at United you fight.”
Injuries have undoubtedly played a part in their struggles, but there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon, with the potential return of key players such as Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat, and Harry Maguire in the upcoming showdown with Burnley.
The most glaring issue haunting Manchester United has been their porous defense, conceding a staggering 14 goals in their last five outings. Goalkeeper Andre Onana, showing maturity and accountability, took responsibility for a costly mistake that led to a goal against the Bayern clash.
“After my mistake, we lost the control of the game,” Onana told TNT Sports. “It’s a difficult situation and for me especially because I’m the one who let the team down. But the team was very good; I think it’s because of me that they didn’t win this game.”
Ten Hag, however, insists that the problems run deeper than individual errors and are more a collective issue that the team must address collectively.
Meanwhile, Burnley’s manager, Vincent Kompany, seems unfazed by the crisis chatter surrounding Manchester United. His focus remains resolutely on evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of his own team, signaling that he won’t be distracted by external noise.
“I only try and assess [United] in a way that I need to do for my team, their strengths and weaknesses,” said the former Manchester City captain.
“I’ve been in a big club before and I know what it is when you lose a couple of games. Pressure can mount but it’s not for me to talk about them. I focus on the pitch.”
As the clash between Manchester United and Burnley draws closer, Man united fans are eager to see whether the Red Devils can regroup and finally put their struggles behind them.