Erik ten Hag will lead Manchester United’s squad to Fulham on Saturday, although several media sources indicate the club is exploring managerial candidates to take his place.
After United lost eight of their first 15 games this season, Ten Hag must oversee a turnaround in the team’s performance. The most recent setback for United was a 3-0 Carabao Cup loss to Newcastle at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Rumor has it that some players aren’t fond of Ten Hag’s coaching style. Here are three reasons why I believe it would be foolish for United to fire Ten Hag, without further ado: Leopards don’t have spots that change. When I look at the current United team, I don’t see nearly enough leaders. We continue to witness leaks from the dressing room because there is still a faction of players who are eager to blame the manager for our failings.
Injuries causing havoc
United’s injury crisis worsened against Newcastle during the week when Casemiro picked up another knock. The Brazilian managed just 45 minutes and did not reappear for the second half after being replaced by Sofyan Amrabat. Meanwhile, an internal investigation is being carried out to find the reason why the squad has been plagued by injuries this season. Ten Hag has had to deal with having no fewer than 16 players injured or unavailable, which has left our defence completely depleted. The biggest losses, however, are Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw. This factor shouldn’t be downplayed.
Rome wasn’t built in a day
Firstly, it’s important to note how Ten Hag is trying to turn things around while the Glazers own the football club. He overachieved in his first season and earned credits for that, especially delivering our first piece of silverware in six years. That is why I find it baffling that people want to turn their back on the manager once there’s hardship. The Dutchman arrived at a club without a proper technical structure or long-term recruitment strategy. This is something that needs to be implemented by the right people, in support of the manager, like he had at Ajax. Otherwise United will keep sacking managers and expecting miracles. Rinse and repeat.