Manchester United are going through a torrid time, both on and off the pitch. The defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League opener has only added to a difficult start to the season. Now it’s time to lick their wounds against a newly promoted to the Premier League: Burnley.
Ahead of the game, coach Erik ten Hag spoke to the press about several matters, starting with Jadon Sancho, with whom the Dutchman publicly blamed for training poorly. The Englishman defended his corner in a social media post which didn’t go down well with the coach, who has since isolated him from the squad.
“It depends on him,” Ten Hag said about Sancho. “For the rest, we are preparing for Burnley and that’s our focus. He will not be in the squad.”
United’s poor form has been blamed on many factors but on some individuals too, like new goalkeeper Andre Onana who has made several errors that have led to goals conceded.
“It’s about team and, as a team, we don’t have the results in this moment so then also individuals don’t bring the performance you expect, not only one player, there are more, including the manager,” he said.
“I always tell my players we attack with 11 and we defend with 11. When one or two are not doing their job, it’s like a pack of cards, so that is not only one or two players.”
Ten Hag has come under fire over suggestions that there is a conflict of interest as his agent, Kees Vos, and his Sports Entertainment Group, has sold various clients of his to United.
“For player decisions, transfers, it’s always 50-50, we both have a veto – the club, represented by John Murtough, and me. So there can never be a distraction,” he said