Manchester United have reportedly denied four of their players were involved in a dressing room bust-up shortly after their 3-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday.
It was a chastening day at the office for the Red Devils, with goals from Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro giving Roberto De Zerbi's side all three points.
United did pull one back late on, with youngster Hannibal Mejbri scoring his first goal for the club.
But that wasn't enough, with Erik ten Hag's side now losing three of their opening four Premier League fixtures.
It was reported late on Monday night that four of United's players had seen red behind the scenes shortly after the defeat.
Bruno Fernandes was accused of shouting at Scott McTominay, while Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof apparently had a spat as well.
But United, per the Daily Mail, have now denied those suggestions.
Regardless, Ten Hag is under pressure with the 53-year-old fully aware he must turn the situation around in order to make the season a success.
United have spent big this summer, with Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund among their high-profile recruits.
Yet despite that investment, they remain drastically inferior to their rivals.
United's season started unconvincingly with a 1-0 defeat to Wolves, while they've also beaten Nottingham Forest as well.
However, losses to Tottenham, Arsenal and Brighton have now increased the doom and gloom mood around the club.
The problems could yet mount for United if they lose to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Bundesliga giants are the favourites to win at the Allianz Arena, especially in the wake of the signing of Harry Kane from Tottenham.
United were strongly linked with Kane back in the summer when it became clear he was open to leaving Tottenham behind.
The 30-year-old was believed to be open to a potential move to Manchester as well.
But United, fearing protracted negotiations with Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy, opted to recruit Hojlund from Atalanta instead.
Meanwhile, amid the Red Devils' poor form, United hero Gary Neville has expressed a belief there could be bugs inside the dressing room.
"How popular is [Jadon] Sancho and [Harry] Maguire in the dressing room?" he said.
"He's got some bugs in there that we don't know from the outside, what discomfort and uncertainty is being created on the inside.
"You've got a player at the moment who is probably changing in the first-team dressing room but obviously over with the academy.
"You've got Maguire, who has been captain of these players 12 months ago, now almost alienated as third, fourth, fifth centre-half.
"He's got some situations in there I don't know the damage that's having.
"But in terms of his work on the pitch I don't think Ten Hag will change.
"The fact of the matter is there has been many a manager over the last ten to twelve years since Sir Alex Ferguson left that have found challenges at Manchester United.
"What I'm hoping at the moment is it's just a difficult start to the season and it's not a repeat of what we've seen previously.
"We've seen it becoming challenging for Jose Mourinho, for Louis van Gaal, for David Moyes, for obviously Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
"So I hope it is not the beginning of that."2023-09-19T07:18:07Z dg43tfdfdgfd