Manchester United had a bad day and lost 2-0 to West Ham. Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus scored the goals, putting more pressure on their manager, Erik ten Hag, who is already facing criticism.
Manchester United suffered a tough 2-0 loss against West Ham. Goals from Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus added more stress on their manager, Erik ten Hag. The defeat marks their eighth loss in the Premier League this season, leaving them in eighth place. United has won only one of their last seven games in all competitions. In the recent four matches, they lost three and didn’t score in any – a first-time occurrence since 1992.
Erik ten Hag faces another setback as his hold on the job becomes more uncertain. Jim Ratcliffe, the British billionaire set to buy 25 percent of the club, is expected to address this issue first.
Ratcliffe is reportedly taking control of United’s football operations in the deal with the American owners. Upon arrival at Old Trafford, he will find the club at one of its lowest points in history.
Erik ten Hag is having a tough second season. His team got knocked out of Europe, finishing at the bottom of their Champions League group. They also crashed out of the League Cup.
Ten Hag is hopeful that Manchester United can “change the story” once key players return from injury.
However, this disappointing surrender against a team that was beaten 5-1 by Liverpool’s reserves in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday highlights how much Manchester United has declined under the troubled Dutchman.
After mistakenly serving guests raw chicken last month, the local council has now confirmed that Manchester United’s food hygiene rating has dropped from five to one.
Not only the unlucky diners but also others associated with United are left with an uneasy feeling this season.
Manchester United has experienced a challenging season, losing 13 games in all competitions. This is their highest number of defeats before Christmas since the 1930-31 season when they finished at the bottom of the table.
Stopping their sharp decline seems to be beyond Ten Hag’s current capabilities.
United in disarray
Without Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Raphael Varane available, 19-year-old Willy Kambwala made his debut for Manchester United in central defense.
West Ham wasted no time in challenging Manchester United’s inexperienced French youngster. Emerson advanced for a low strike, forcing Andre Onana to make a save.
Marcus Rashford remained on the bench for a second consecutive game despite scoring only two league goals this season. However, Manchester United’s lackluster attack didn’t see much improvement without him.
Struggling with both rhythm and confidence, Ten Hag’s team found it difficult to create any momentum, failing to build on last weekend’s hard-fought draw at Liverpool.
It took Manchester United more than half an hour to produce a shot on target, with Antony’s weak attempt being easily held by Alphonse Areola.
One of the three teenagers in United’s lineup, Alejandro Garnacho, missed a great chance to score, sending a weak shot straight at Areola from close range.
After returning from suspension, United captain Bruno Fernandes, known for his criticized reckless behavior, earned a needless booking for swiping at Kudus.
Onana maintained United’s level position with an excellent tip-over to deflect Bowen’s header.