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Ex-Man United star explains a worrying “pattern” that’s emerging under Erik ten Hag



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Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has identified a pattern at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag that will worry fans.

Manchester United‘s loss against Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday evening was a night to forget for Erik ten Hag.

After going 2-0 down, fantastic work from Antony saw United flip the tie on its head, with the Brazilian midfielder being involved in all three goals to put the Reds 3-2 up at Stamford Bridge.

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However, two goals after the 90+10th minutes from Cole Palmer saw Chelsea secure all three points in dramatic fashion. Owen Hargreaves explained how the United players would have felt at full-time.

“That’s the worst feeling ever,” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions. “You know, to be fair, even Antony had some big moments in the game. You know, you thought, wow, that’s great for him. He’s had a really difficult United career so far. You thought, wow, there are a lot of positives there.

You get in a position, maybe potentially win the game, maybe even, you know, get a Champions League place possibly, and then to throw it away with a clumsy penalty, and then to just switch off. I think Ten Hag will be fuming just in the way that they lost it.”

Speaking further, the former midfielder said that there is a pattern emerging where United are dropping points in games that they should not be, and that “things keep happening” that hamper the club.

“They shouldn’t even have drawn the game, never mind lose it,” he continued. “These things keep happening. You know, there’s a pattern there. And, you know, everybody needs to reflect at the end of the season, how have we got to this position where we’ve been so inconsistent?

“Even Glenn (Hoddle) mentioned the transitions in the game. They were crazy. The amount of open space in the game was far too much.”

United have suffered poor results back-to-back in London, having also conceded a 90+9th minutes equaliser away from home against Brentford last weekend. United are now firmly withdrawing themselves from the race for Champions League places.

Next up, they face Liverpool at Old Trafford, three weeks on from the brilliant 4-3 win against the same opposition in the FA Cup.