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Paul Merson delivers damning verdict on Erik ten Hag and believes he is losing the dressing room

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Paul Merson believes that Erik ten Hag is losing the Manchester United players as the club’s poor form continues, with the latest result a 3-0 loss to Newcastle United.

Jeers rang around Old Trafford at both half-time and full-time, with Erik ten Hag cutting a rather desolate figure on the Manchester United touchline.

The former Ajax boss was receiving the brunt of the supporters’ ire as the second half wore on and you wonder just how much time the 53-year-old has left at the club.

Well, Paul Merson, speaking on Sky Sports, believes that the answer was obvious from the club’s Carabao Cup showing.

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

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The former Arsenal midfielder was concerned at full-time of the game and believes that a few players are downing tools.

“There are ways of losing football matches,” Merson said, “And he [Ten Hag] has lost the players. Everyone loses football matches… but this is not good in my opinion.”

It’s hard to disagree with the Englishman as there was simply nothing of note to cling onto. The players, some who have had limited minutes this season, looked abysmal and completely off the pace.


The obvious, and rather cliched question is just where do the club turn after such a dismal performance, their second in three days. Is a sacking on the cards?

Ten Hag on the verge

The Dutchman was on top of the world the last time that his team faced Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup and won the competition at Wembley Stadium.

Fast forward nine months, Ten Hag is now seemingly under ever-increasing pressure after 8 defeats from 15 games and the 53-year-old looked like a lost soul at times as he was surveying the rather depressing scenes in the second half.

With games against Marco Silva’s Fulham and FC Copenhagen next, the fixtures are seemingly getting slightly kinder but if the club fails to win both of these games, then patience may run out.

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