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Erik ten Hag’s time at Manchester United is surely almost up after new humiliation

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Erik ten Hag’s time at Manchester United is surely almost up after new humiliation

 

The Dutchman may have been crowned November Manager of the Month,

but his credibility took a battering as the Cherries ruthlessly cut United down with a stunning performance. Rarely have United been so abject on their own ground.

 

And now they must pick themselves up against Bayern Munich on Tuesday to try to save their fading Champions League hopes. And it gets worse with Liverpool, 7-0 winners over United last season, waiting at Anfield next Sunday.

 

Ten Hag’s world caved in after the Newcastle defeat, but this heavy loss felt

much more damaging. And with new £1.25 billion investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s imminent arrival at the helm, the timing simply couldn’t be worse for Ten Hag.

As bad as United were, especially in the closing stages when they completely fell apart and were only saved a heavier beating by VAR, Bournemouth were simply brilliant.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is under increasing pressure

After the bounce of the Chelsea win, this was the perfect chance to build momentum. But Iraola’s in-form stars instantly punctured United’s upbeat mood with a fourth-minute goal.

Arriving at Old Trafford on an impressive run of three wins in four games, their confidence was stamped all over their opening goal. Solanke cleverly steered the ball past Andre Onana after brilliant work by star turn Lewis Cook. It was the perfect start, allowing Bournemouth to sit in and break with menace, which they frequently did.

 

The visitors had the ball in the net again after 24 minutes, but Tavernier’s header was ruled out for offside.

Up front, United toiled with Anthony Martial, a surprise starter ahead of Rasmus Hojlund, who was totally ineffective. Alejandro Garnacho was United’s only real threat, but too often he was crowded out.

United were lucky to escape as Solanke hit the post before the break

but if fans were frustrated by United’s first half, the second was a disaster. The biggest United cheer came when Martial made way for Hojlund after 56 minutes, but the change made no difference.

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