Manchester United prevented four media outlets from entering Erik Ten Hag’s press conference this Tuesday, previewing the game with Chelsea at Old Trafford: Sky Sports, ESPN, Manchester Evening News and Mirror, represented, respectively , by Kaveh Solhekol, Rob Dawson, Samuel Luckhurst and David McDonnell.
“We are taking action against a number of news organizations today, not because they published articles we didn’t like, but because they did so without contacting us first to give us the opportunity to comment, counter-argue or provide context. We believe this is an important principle that must be defended and we hope it can lead to a redefinition of the way we work together”, explained the Red Devils in a statement cited by BBC Sport.
After the defeat against Newcastle last Saturday, these media outlets reported the dissatisfaction of some Man United players with Ten Hag’s methods.
Kaveh Solhekol said this Tuesday that the Dutch coach no longer had the support of 50 percent of the dressing room, who expressed discomfort with the style of play and the fact that they were being subjected to very strong loads, with too much running , in training. The lack of sensitivity and openness to change would also be making the players unhappy, in addition to the punishment for Jadon Sancho, who has not played since August and was removed from the squad for disciplinary reasons.
A narrative also followed by David McDonnell, from Mirror, who said that Ten Hag only agrees to reinstate Sancho if he apologizes and that the coach’s stubbornness has harmed the team’s interests.
Rob Dawson, ESPN correspondent, also reported dissatisfaction with the excessively intense training sessions that have been a common practice since pre-season in the United States and also with the lax tactics, particularly in the Champions League game. with Galatasaray, which ended in a draw after Man United had been winning 2-0 and 3-1.
Samuel Luckhurst, from the Manchester Evening News, said that discomfort with the coach’s methods led even some more experienced players to make complaints to the club’s management and also that there is a feeling of perplexity regarding some signings of dubious value, with the case of Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund, signed in the summer from Atalanta for around 80 million euros and still without a goal scored in the Premier League.
Manchester United, who play this Wednesday at home to Chelsea, is in 7th place in the Premier League with 24 pointsnine fewer than leaders Arsenal.
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