Erik ten Hag has urged Manchester United to stick together as they try to weather a storm following four defeats in five games.
United have lost three in a row and go to Burnley on Saturday night in danger of suffering four straight defeats for the first time since Louis van Gaal’s second season in 2015.
Ten Hag insists that the key to turning the corner after such a poor start to the season is maintaining unity.
Asked if he is surprised by the scale of the challenge, he replied: ‘No. It’s my second year. I know it’s not always going up, you will have your gaps and you get stronger from it as long as you stay together.
‘That’s what we’re doing. The dressing-room, all the staff, coaches, medical, everyone is united and at United you fight.’
Erik ten Hag has urged his players to maintain unity as they ride out difficult start to the season
The side’s Champions League performance was unable to provide a tonic to poor league form
There have been concerns over dressing-room leaks about squad unrest at Old Trafford, but Ten Hag added: ‘I don’t know if it’s a leak but I know opinion, I know my players. Everyone can make suggestions, we are okay with it.’
United go to Turf Moor desperately in need of a win to lift morale. ‘At United, you have to win every game so it doesn’t change anything,’ said Ten Hag.
‘As always, it’s about how we play against Burnley. There’s no easy games, definitely not against Burnley. We know how intense they play football, we know their approach. I like the approach from them, the adventure, high intensity and dynamic in their game, so we have to play our best.’
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