What Ten Hag said about dressing room unrest at Manchester United

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag before the match.

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Erik ten Hag has quashed suggestions of a divide in Manchester United dressing room.

The Red Devils’ concerning form on the pitch, which has seen them lose control of their fate in the Champions League, has intensified claims of Ten Hag losing control of his dressing room.

Following United’s defeat against Newcastle, the Manchester Evening News reported that the gaffer is losing the confidence of players and some staff members, as they harbour doubts about his methods.

Such reports didn’t go down well at Carrington, and United decided to exclude representatives from four media outlets, including the Manchester Evening News, from their press conference for Wednesday’s encounter against Chelsea.

Ten Hag denies reports of unrest in his side

However, Ten Hag still faced questions about off-the-pitch issues during his press conference, and he aptly took time to clear the air.

When asked if there was disorder at United, he replied (via Football London): “But not in the dressing room. Of course, there are a lot of rumours about strategic review, but it is not that we get distracted by it. We know we are still in transition but we are in the right direction.”

Further, to underline his squad is united, the former Ajax man pointed to his side’s hard-fought victories over Burnley, Brentford and Fulham. Against Thomas Frank’s men, United came back to win 2-1 by scoring two goals in stoppage time, while at Fulham, Bruno Fernandes’ 91st-minute strike sealed all three points.

These games do support Ten Hag’s point, but at the same time, there have been plenty of dire performances, including the latest defeat at Newcastle, which suggests many of his players are simply not interested in giving their all for him.