World Football

Manchester United lose 2 consecutive home games by 3+ goal margin for first time in 61 years

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

November 2 2023
Manchester United

Manchester United were eliminated from the EFL Cup after a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United

For the initial time since October 1962, Manchester United failed to win back-to-back home games by three or more goals, and Newcastle’s victory over the Red Devils on the road was their greatest since September 1930 (7–4).

Ten Hag was questioned over the criticism he is receiving from those outside the club who doubt his managerial skills at Manchester United. “I get it when the results aren’t there; it makes sense that they’re doubting that,” he remarked. However, I am sure I can succeed. I’ve done it at all of my teams, and I did it here last year as well, but right now we’re in a terrible situation. I accept accountability for it.

For the first occasion since 1962–63, Manchester United have dropped eight or more of their opening fifteen games of the season (9)

For the first time since 1930–31, they have dropped five of their first ten home games. They have only collected 15 points from their first 10 Premier League games, which is less than they had from their last two PL seasons combined.

“I see it as a challenge. I am a fighter and I am in that fight and I have to make sure that I share the responsibility with my players and that we stick together and fight together, and get better results.

“It is below the standards everyone expects from Manchester United. It is not good enough by far. We have to put it right. It is my team and they are not performing,” Ten Hag said.

Uncertainty surrounds the timing of the Ineos Group’s planned investment, which is expected to acquire a 25% share of United.

Following the Newcastle defeat, Ten Hag declared he is a “fighter” and that he is certain he can salvage United’s season. We’ve had a lot of disappointments so far this season, but I’m a fighter and I know it’s not always going up; you just have to deal with it; there’s never a good reason not to.

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