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United must man up!

Updated on: 04 November,2023 08:30 AM IST  |  London

Having lost eight of their 15 matches in all competitions so far this season, boss Erik ten Hag urges crisis-torn Red Devils to stand up and deliver against Fulham at Craven Cottage today

United must man up!

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag (left) with Bruno Fernandes, and Rasmus Hojlund (right) during their recent Carabao Cup defeat. Pic/Getty Images

Under-fire Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag cannot afford another damaging defeat when his troubled side face Fulham on Saturday. 

Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge will get an intriguing test as the leaders’ former boss Mauricio Pochettino returns with Chelsea. 

Arsenal face Newcastle

Arsenal also harbour title aspirations, making their showdown with top-four contenders Newcastle one of the weekend’s marquee match-ups. Crisis-torn Man Utd have to ‘stand up’ Erik ten Hag urged his Manchester United flops to “stand up” to the pressure as the Dutch coach battles to stop their season imploding. United have made their worst start since 1962-63 and a loss against Fulham at Craven Cottage could push Ten Hag to the brink of the sack after less than two seasons in charge.

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Hammered 0-3 by Manchester City last weekend, United were brushed aside by the same score against Newcastle in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday. Ten Hag’s men have lost eight of their 15 matches in all competitions this term, leaving them eighth in the Premier League and in danger of failing to reach the Champions League last 16. 

It is the first time United have lost successive home games by three goals or more since 1962, while they have lost five of their first 10 home games for the first time since 1930-31. “This is not good enough and we know that. That’s below our standards and we know that all and we have to take responsibility for this,” Ten Hag said after United were booed off against Newcastle.

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Ten Hag here to stay?

Bookmakers’ odds on Ten Hag being axed have been slashed amid reports of players losing patience with their manager’s hardline personality. In a desperate plea for unity, the former Ajax boss said: “That is our job. We sleep and we have to go again, so we have to stand up.”

Injured Casemiro out for several weeks

Manchester United midfielder Casemiro has been ruled out for “several weeks” with a hamstring injury, the club announced on Friday, adding to manager Erik ten Hag’s woes. 

After missing three matches, the 31-year-old captained Erik ten Hag’s side on his return against Newcastle in the League Cup on Wednesday.  The club said in a statement: “Casemiro will be out for several weeks due to a hamstring injury suffered during our Carabao [League] Cup defeat to Newcastle on Wednesday. The Brazilian was withdrawn at half-time due to the issue.” 

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