Man United Q&A LIVE: Is Erik ten Hag under pressure as players begin to question his tactics, what is the takeover latest and more addressed by Chris Wheeler [1] 0 تعليق 0 ارسل طباعة تبليغ حذف


Mail Sport's Chris Wheeler answers all the big questions regarding Manchester United amid reports that pressure is mounting on Erik ten Hag.


Several pundits have questioned Bruno Fernandes being the captain. Is there any chance Ten Hag chooses to replace him? Or is it just outside noise at this stage?

CHRIS WHEELER: I don't see it. Ten Hag stuck his neck out to strip Maguire of the armband and give it to Fernandes, who was the de facto captain anyway, so I don't think he will reverse it anytime soon. He knew what kind of leader he was getting with Fernandes, and went ahead with it anyway. Going back on that now would be embarrassing, not least a real slap in the face for one of his best players

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and F.C. Copenhagen at Old Trafford on October 24, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Is Gary Neville right when he says the problems run deeper than just the manager?

CHRIS WHEELER: Of course he is. Neville bangs on about the Glazers too much but he's got a good point.

The whole structure is wrong at United from the top down - absent owners, lack of big investment, and the wrong people in key positions. The top clubs should have best in class, and United simply don't.

That said, it wasn't the Glazers who benched Varane on Sunday or sent on Mount at half-time, leaving no discernible defensive element in midfield. And it wasn't the owners who left Haaland unmarked for the second goal. You can't blame Ten Hag for everything, but he has to share some of the responsibility.


What would it take for that to change?

CHRIS WHEELER: The fans turning on the manager and the board is always seen as a tipping point - although, at Utd, they turned on the board about 18 years ago! Chairmen get twitchy trigger fingers and sacrifice the manager.

At the moment, Ten Hag still seems to have the fans on his side.

He's been booed on two occasions for subbing Hojlund, but that was more of a personal issue over one player rather than fans turning on the manager.

United have got some winnable games coming up - Fulham, Copenhagen, Luton, Everton - and they need to put a consistent run together. This one step foward, one stap back can't continue. If they are still mid-table and losing 50 per cent of their games approaching the end of the year then the situation could easily change.


What is the situation regarding Ten Hag's position at the club?

CHRIS WHEELER: All the messages from inside United are that Ten Hag still has the club's total backing.

After appointing five managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and spending £400m in 18 months under Ten Hag, you can see why they are desperate for this to work out.

I don't hear any alarm bells ringing just yet. But we all know how quickly things can unravel for any manager, and particularly at a club like United.

What did Gary Neville say the other day? It eats them alive! So I've learned to never say never. And, let's not forget, United's football operation could soon be run by Sir Jim Ratcliffe. I can't imagine him watching this and being impressed. New owners or investors are always a concern for a manager appointed by the old regime.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Erik ten Hag, Manager of Manchester United, reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brentford FC at Old Trafford on October 07, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

First question: Are there problems in the United dressing room?

CHRIS WHEELER: I don't think any dressing-room is ever completely harmonious, especially when you have a start like United's this season. I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as it was before Ten Hag arrived, though, when the atmosphere bordered on toxic.

Certainly, the players have detected that there hasn't been as much unity as there was last season, and they have been trying to get that back.

Also, one of the reasons Jadon Sancho wasn't happy was that he felt Ten Hag gives preferential treatment to Antony, and you get these little issues bubbling away.

When you look at Marcus Rashford's body language, and even Antony's reaction to being left on the bench until late in the derby, you can see that everything isn't rosy. But it rarely is after seven defeats in 14 games. In short, I don't see signs of a dressing-room meltdown, no.


The Fernandes captaincy debate has seemingly been ever-present so far this season and Arsenal legend Ian Wright is the latest to wade in...


Get your questions in for Chris


CHRIS WHEELER is with us soon...

CHRIS WHEELER, our resident United expert, will be with us at 12pm to answer your questions.

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There seems no better place to start than SAMI MOKBEL's story that United players are concerned Erik ten Hag's approach is affecting team morale.

Ten Hag has shown his ruthless side since taking over at Old Trafford, including with former star Cristiano Ronaldo and current outcast Jadon Sancho.

But it has been suggested this has not gone down well among the United squad...


Good morning!

Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Q+A with our experts.

The focus of this live blog will be Manchester United, but we'll also have Q+A sessions with reporters on Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool later this afternoon.


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