Amidst reports suggesting a possible loss of support from Manchester United's players, embattled manager Erik ten Hag expressed confidence in retaining their backing. Following the team's disheartening 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, rumors surfaced that up to half of the players had lost confidence in Ten Hag, citing concerns about his style, tactics, and signings.
In response, the club banned four media outlets before a press conference, citing a breach of principles. Ten Hag, however, dismissed the speculation, asserting that the team's recent performances, such as the comeback against Brentford and the draw at Galatasaray, demonstrated unity and determination.
Addressing concerns about player dissatisfaction, Ten Hag emphasized that while there are inevitably players who may be less content due to limited playing time, there are no overarching issues within the squad. He stressed the importance of waiting for opportunities and downplayed the significance of the defeat to Newcastle as "one bad performance" compared to recent positive displays.
Regarding the media bans, Ten Hag asserted that journalists should approach the club first before publishing articles and engage in professional discussions. The Dutchman maintained that open communication is essential for a healthy relationship with the media. Notably, questions about the upcoming match against Chelsea, managed by Mauricio Pochettino, Ten Hag's perceived rival for the Old Trafford post, were absent from the press conference.
Ten Hag acknowledged his receptiveness to players' opinions and highlighted that the majority of the squad favors a proactive, dynamic, and brave style of play. He emphasized that the team's recent performances against Everton and Galatasaray indicate significant improvement and unity, reinforcing his belief in the players' commitment to the current approach.