Latest Sports News (Townflex) – On Wednesday night, Erik ten Hag shouldered the blame as Manchester United suffered another devastating defeat, raising concerns about his future as the team’s manager.
Despite the setback, he affirmed his determination, stating, “I’m a fighter.”
During the match at Old Trafford, United faced a 3-0 defeat, marking the second time in four days that they lost on their home ground and surrendered their grip on the Carabao Cup, this time to a makeshift Newcastle side.
The turning point occurred when Miguel Almiron, who had replaced the injured Matt Targett early in the game, scored on the 28th minute, shaking Man Utd’s confidence.
The situation worsened as Hannibal Mejbri narrowly escaped a red card, and before the hosts could recover, Lewis Hall netted his first goal for Newcastle, doubling their lead before halftime.
In the second half, Man Utd attempted a comeback after introducing Sofyan Amrabat and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, their efforts were in vain as Joe Willock struck a decisive blow, sealing the 3-0 victory for Newcastle.
Ten Hag’s team, deflated after the third goal, displayed frustration, and disappointed fans began leaving the stadium in large numbers.
This defeat pushed Ten Hag from being 8-1 for the sack to becoming the second favorite to be sacked among Premier League managers, with his eighth loss in 15 games this season.
Ten Hag openly acknowledged after the game: “It is below the standards everyone expect from Manchester United – it is not good enough by far.”
“At this moment we are in a bad place. I take responsibility for it. I see it as a challenge.”
“I am a fighter and I am in that fight and I have to make sure that I share the responsibility with my players and that we stick together and fight together, and get better results.”
“We have to put it right. It is my team and they are not performing. I am responsible.”
“As a team we are not good enough and whatever the reasons are, there is no space for excuses.”
“We have to do things better and we have to raise our standards because otherwise you never get the right levels of performance and never get the results. But I am a fighter.”
“I know it is not always going up and we have a lot of setbacks this season so far, but also you have to deal with it and that is never an excuse.”
When questioned about whether he doubts his capacity to reverse the club’s fortunes, Ten Hag responded: “I understand it when the results are not there it is also a logical process that they are questioning that.”
“But I am confident I can do it. At all my clubs I have done it and also last year here I did it as well.”
Ten Hag admitted after Sunday and there were again boos at the final whistle: “We have to do things right and at a certain level, at the minimum level to win games,Obviously, on Sunday and tonight were far from that.”
“We are Manchester United and it is expected you can deal with that pressure.”
“I heard the fans backing us. We don’t deserve it at this moment but I am happy they are behind us.”
Newcastle marked only their second victory at Old Trafford in 51 years, seeking revenge for their previous defeat against United in the final of this competition at Wembley in February.
‘It was a massive performance from the players I can’t credit them enough,’ said Newcastle manager Eddie Howe.
“I personally have always found it a difficult ground, and Newcastle the same, so another thing to be really proud of is the commitment showed by everyone.”
“I thought we scored some great goals, the quality was a real highlight.”
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