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‘Real fans back Erik ten Hag’ – Manchester United’s ‘useless’ pre-season labelled as start of problems



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Manchester United’s September international break has seen controversy after controversy unfold under Erik ten Hag.

After Manchester United ended their eight-game pre-season tour, the start of the Premier League season has seen the club win two and lose two of their opening games – but the season has been wrapped in off-field problems relating to Jadon Sancho and Antony.

Sancho’s status in the squad is currently unknown after he released a statement saying he has been ‘scapegoated’ after being left out of the squad that lost to Arsenal, while Antony is staying away from the team as he fights several domestic abuse allegations.

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These issues and the questionable start to the season have led some fans to question Erik ten Hag, which former United defender Paul Parker disagrees with entirely.

“Erik ten Hag did an incredible job last season under some very hard circumstances,” Parker told mybettingsites. “I believe that if anyone out on social media or anything wants him sacked, they are not real fans.

“He has done unbelievable things. It was almost impossible for him to build on that because of the quality of the squad. Now, Man United have brought in some players and all of them are players that Erik ten Hag wanted, which will make it very difficult for some of the players that might lose their spot in the starting XI now.

“Real supporters know that a club needs continuity and consistency to beat the best teams in the country and that’s right he should stay.

“But Man United does have problems as a club and that’s due to a lot of the players in the squad not being good enough and then the ownership situation that will constantly be a kind of disturbance for the manager and the players.

“The real problem here at the start of the season is the useless pre-season the club has been through but that doesn’t only apply to Man United.

“Pre-seasons are useless and needless these days because it’s all about PR and promoting the clubs in other countries, which is why they are playing in other continents. All of a sudden they are playing Arsenal in America and they don’t want to give anything away and that’s where the matches get useless.”