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Gary Neville blames two Manchester United outcasts for “damaging” Erik ten Hag’s dressing room



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Gary Neville believes that there are two players who are hurting the Manchester United dressing room under Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United‘s start to their 2023/24 campaign has been a bit of a disaster, having lost three of their opening five Premier League fixtures.

The return of domestic football after the international break saw Erik ten Hag‘s men fall to a 3-1 defeat against Brighton, which rightly brought much criticism.

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For all the on-field issues that the club are facing, there are also several problems off the pitch that are distracting the club, with Gary Neville identifying two players whose off-field problems are “damaging” the dressing room.

“[Ten Hag] will continue to keep doing what he is doing, which is following his beliefs, his values, his principles,” he said on Sky Sports. “The only thing I would say is, how popular is Sancho in the dressing room? How popular is Maguire in the dressing room?

“This discomfort and uncertainty is being created on the inside. You have got a player at the moment, who is probably changing in the first-team dressing room but is obviously over with the academy.

“You have got Harry Maguire, who was captain of these players 12 months ago by the way, who is now almost in some ways alienated and is now third, fourth, fifth-choice centre-half.

“So, he’s got some situations in there and I don’t know the damage that they are having. But in terms of his work on the pitch, I don’t think Erik ten Hag will change, and the fact of the matter is that there have been many a manager, good managers, over the last 10 or 12 years since Sir Alex Ferguson left who have found challenges at Manchester United.”