Manchester United players clash with coaches after Fulham fiasco


FOOTBALL Manchester United players clash with coaches after Fulham fiasco

Festus Chuma 21:50 - 27.02.2024

Some Manchester United players requested a day off after losing to Fulham amid Erik ten Hag's uncertain future and management turmoil.

A number of Manchester United players left the coaching staff astonished by asking for a day off following their disappointing home defeat to Fulham on Saturday.

 This request came after Alex Iwobi's dramatic 97th-minute goal led to United's 10th loss in the Premier League this season at Old Trafford, as reported by The Guardian.

The defeat was a harsh reminder of the team's limitations especially after a sequence of five consecutive victories in the league and the FA Cup had built some momentum.

 Despite their recent performances, the players’ request for a rest day was promptly denied, emphasizing their obligations to the team. 

Under Ten Hag, United have experienced a rollercoaster season marked by inconsistency and frustration. 

The Red Devils' early exit from the Champions League and a significant defeat to Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup have highlighted their struggles.

 Currently, they are eight points behind fourth-place Aston Villa, complicating their chances for Champions League qualification next season, despite the competition's expansion potentially easing the requirement.

The FA Cup presents a silver lining for Ten Hag, with a forthcoming match against Nottingham Forest. Success in this competition could bolster his position, especially amidst the transformative changes initiated by Ratcliffe's Ineos group.

 Since acquiring a significant stake in United, Ratcliffe has been active behind the scenes, appointing Omar Berrada from Manchester City as the new chief executive and targeting Dan Ashworth for the sporting director role.

Despite the behind-the-scenes upheaval and the Manchester Evening News reporting Ineos's hesitations about Ten Hag, the Dutchman has expressed confidence in his alignment with Ratcliffe's ambitions for the club.

 "We are very aligned. It totally fits with ambitions I have, and the ambitions I had when I came in. I'm 19 months in and I see we are going in the right direction," Ten Hag remarked before the Fulham game.

As United navigates through this period of uncertainty, the focus remains on their performance on the pitch. 

The team's ability to secure Champions League football next season is seen as crucial for Ten Hag to maintain the support he claims to have. 

However, with the team's eighth home defeat of the season, achieving this goal is increasingly challenging.

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