It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that there are more reports of dressing room unrest at Old Trafford.
Manchester United sustained their 10th defeat of the season at St. James’ Park last Saturday – the earliest they’ve reached that figure of losses since the 1973/74 campaign, which saw them relegated.
On Monday, numerous outlets began sharing their information regarding the players turning on Erik ten Hag for his play style and strict training regime, as well as members of the squad harbouring concerns over where the club is headed.
The Reds currently sit seventh-placed in the Premier League, are out of the Carabao Cup and have seen their Champions League fate taken out of their hands after taking just four points from five group-stage games.
Manchester Evening News has now claimed that ‘some time-served players are startled by the calibre of Ten Hag’s signings’, with one left ‘perplexed’ by the board’s acquisition of 20-year-old Rasmus Hojlund; he signed on a £72 million deal from Atalanta in August but is yet to register a league goal after 10 appearances.
MEN’s report adds: “A minority of players had misgivings about Ten Hag last season amid United’s dire away form and those doubts have intensified this term.
“Ten Hag has stopped using his post-match stock phrase that the players ‘didn’t follow the rules’, which has piqued certain players. The MEN revealed in September [that] United players had started to grow weary of Ten Hag’s repetitive criticism.”