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'Shambles' - Alan Shearer defends Erik ten Hag in fresh dig at Manchester United owners

TV pundit Alan Shearer has staunchly defended Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag amid ongoing issues in the boardroom amid a proposed takeover at Old Trafford.

On the field, United have picked up only six points from a possible 15 this season culminating in their 3-1 defeat against Brighton on Saturday afternoon. Behind the scenes the much-maligned Glazer family are still to make their final decision on what to do next with the club.

Proposals headed up by British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe - via his company INEOS - and Sheikh Jassim from Qatar are still being considered. But with no breakthrough in sight, former Premier League striker Shearer predicts some more suffering for United supporters if the 'shambles' upstairs is allowed to continue.

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He told The Rest Is Football podcast: "I'm not saying it's all their fault, because it shouldn't effect what happens on the pitch, but at whatever level you're at, what happens at the very top or an organisation always drip-feeds itself down on to the shop floor. This is what is happening at Manchester United and it will continue to happen until the very top [the Glazer family] sort themselves out.

"Whether that's selling the club, whatever it is. Is it for sale? Is it not for sale? Until that gets sorted out I think they will suffer and they will continue to suffer."

Shearer continued: "You have got two football clubs who are just totally opposite. You have got an incredibly well run football club in Brighton, they are well-structured and everything's in place at Brighton.

"It's all shown on the pitch, then you have got an absolute shambles of a

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