Manchester United lost 3-2 against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday evening to make it six losses in ten games this season.
Erik ten Hag’s team has started the campaign very poorly after a solid first season at Old Trafford last term but the club are continuing to back the manager amid external concerns about his job.
The Dutch manager won the Carabao Cup with the club last season to secure the first piece of silverware for the club in six years.
However, this term has been difficult so far for several different reasons and whilst Ten Hag has not cited injuries as one of those reasons, it is acknowledged within the club that he has suffered a particularly bad run, at one point being without 12 first-team players.
New signings Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat and Rasmus Hojlund have all missed games through injury already; whilst three out of United’s best back four from last term are unavailable in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez.
That does not excuse the start to the season, however, with United losing both of their opening Champions League bouts and being 10th in the Premier League.
“Yes I can understand, they can expect responsibility from the team, for the performance, for the result with my squad,” Ten Hag responded when quizzed by reporters after the loss on Tuesday.
“In this moment we don’t get the results, they are disappointed, we have to do better.
“As I have said, also I have seen a team with great spirit and also a team that was backed by the crowd from the start until the end.
“In the end, the fans are disappointed as we are. We are also very disappointed.
“But that also has to be fuel and that is the good thing about this team. Every time they find the energy in every game, at the start of every game.
“There was a team with a lot of energy and with a good motivation going into the game.”
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