Manchester United's next four Premier League games will tell us a lot about Erik ten Hag
Manchester United have endured a nightmare start to the campaign - but all is not lost.
Three defeats in their opening five games has piled the pressure on Erik ten Hag. Add a continuous list of off-field problems into the mix and United are close to unravelling.
It is not just in defeat where the Red Devils have looked poor. Ten Hag’s side had to overcome a two-goal deficit to beat Nottingham Forest and, on the opening day, scraped past a Wolverhampton Wanderers side many have backed for relegation.
All in all, there is not much to be happy about if you are a Man United fan. But the fixture list could provide solace to those writing the season off already.
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On the domestic front, United have, on paper, an attractive run of fixtures to kick-start their campaign. Burnley, Crystal Palace, Brentford and Sheffield United are four winnable games leading up to a mammoth clash against Manchester City on October 29. Pep Guardiola’s treble winners would walk through the confidence-bereft side from Saturday but maximum points from their next four league fixtures gets Ten Hag back on track.
On the flip side, should the rot continue to fester, the voices of discontent and negativity will only amplify - making the next month crucial to United’s campaign. This is the first major bump of Ten Hag’s reign so far when it comes to on-field performance.
Fans were anticipating a potential title charge before a ball had been kicked but, just five weeks into the new season, those hopes have evaporated. With the club in disarray and, from the outside appearing somewhat disharmonious, the