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“I can assure you…” – Ex-Man United defender clarifies reasoning behind Erik ten Hag’s leak problem



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Manchester United have experienced negative leaks in relation to the club under Erik ten Hag’s tenure so far.

Whether it be early team news for Premier League games being shared on social media hours before kick-off, or reports about certain players or the manager from inside sources, it has been a problem at Old Trafford.

And that happened way before the Dutch manager took charge at United. It happened during the reigns of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho too.

Recently, the details of Jadon Sancho’s relationship with Ten Hag has been widely reported on by various media outlets after their fallout following the loss against Arsenal.

Many supporters have become frustrated with leaks that seemingly come from within the dressing room. It suggests on the surface that the full squad is not backing the manager.

However, former United defender Paul Parker has stated that whilst the leaks are a big issue at Old Trafford, it does not come directly from the players within the squad.

“Leaks are a massive problem at Man United, however, they are not the only club who experiences that,” he told BonusCodeBets.

“I can assure you 100% that it never comes directly from a player. But some of the players are maybe frustrated and they will tell their best mate about something that happens in the club and then the friend can’t keep his mouth shut.

“We can always come after the players for snitching on the club to their best friends, but we are all human. We´ve all been frustrated about something at work and then we have told our wife something, who tells it to her mom who tells it to her friend.

“The difference is, that in football it will come out in public and it will hurt the club that you are playing for, so it is a massive problem.”

Ten Hag and United’s off-field problems are not only coming from leaks, but also the injury troubles at the club right now. Casemiro is the most recent player who has picked up a knock during international duty.

An investigation has been launched, looking into the reasoning behind the constant injury setbacks so far this term.

“In the end, I see it more as a societal problem because everyone wants to play a journalist,” added Parker whilst speaking about the leaks at Old Trafford. “So a friend of a player would create this account to write something about Man United just to get some clout and recognition.

“It’s the same in politics and I don’t know how we should deal with it but I just hope that people one day will realise that followers are worth absolutely nothing once you´re old and want to get visits from real friends.”