Man Utd players 'expect Erik ten Hag to be sacked' and boss knows he's in trouble


But his second season has gone far worse than his first, although they are into the FA Cup quarter-finals. United crashed out of the Champions League in the group stage and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in the fourth round when they were hammered at home by Newcastle.

They have lost 11 of their 27 Premier League matches this season and have a -2 goal difference, having scored just 37 goals and conceded 39. League leaders Liverpool, by contrast, have scored 64, conceded 25 and boast a +25 goal difference.

Despite a 3-1 defeat to City in which United managed a mere three shots across 90 minutes while City attempted 27, Ten Hag claimed: "I think the performance is very good, only, of course, we are disappointed with the score. The togetherness but also the performance was very good. On another day, we could have won this game.

"The plan went well. It was very small margins. From this year on, I think we’re really progressing. There are still many games to play. Everyone can beat everyone, so things can quickly turn around. We have to win our games. Number five can also be a position for the Champions League, so we have to fight for it."

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