What the papers say
- Manager wary of wounded visitors being viewed as easy to beat
- Liverpool face ‘crazy’ schedule for rest of month, says Klopp
Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool must ignore “the noise” around Manchester United and treat Sunday’s contest against their great rivals like a cup final.
The Liverpool manager is uncomfortable with the negativity surrounding Erik ten Hag’s side before their visit to Anfield and the expectation his Premier League leaders will deepen United’s latest crisis. Liverpool recorded the biggest victory in 211 meetings between the clubs in the corresponding fixture last season, their 7-0 triumph equalling the heaviest defeat in United’s history, and have won all 11 games at home this season.Continue reading...
The time for excuses at Chelsea is over, Anfield awaits for Manchester United and Eddie Howe must stop the rot
There is often fear when a former favourite returns but Brennan Johnson will be welcomed back with open arms at Nottingham Forest even though he may hope to leave as a pantomime villain. The Wales international progressed through the ranks at the City Ground, becoming integral to Forest’s promotion, and was a key reason they stayed up last season. Such form meant his departure over the summer became an inevitability, especially because the money on offer was much needed. No offence to Forest but Tottenham is a big step up for Johnson and he has taken time to adapt to his new surroundings and the management of Ange Postecoglou. Pressure has grown on Tottenham’s forwards in recent weeks following James Maddison’s injury but, after four defeats in five, they found their feet against Newcastle. Johnson has one goal and two assists in his short Tottenham career but returning to familiar surroundings could kickstart his season. Will Unwin
Nottingham Forest v Spurs, Friday 8pm (all times GMT)
Newcastle v Fulham, Saturday 3pm
Arsenal v Brighton, Sunday 2pm
Chelsea v Sheffield United, Saturday 3pm
Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Saturday 3pm
Burnley v Everton, Saturday 5.30pm
Brentford v Aston Villa, Sunday 2pm
Liverpool v Manchester United, Sunday 4.30pmContinue reading...
The final round of Champions League group games are in the books. We run through the standouts, surprises and disappointments, grading all 32 teams
Editor’s note: these grades are for teams’ performances in this week’s round of matches rather than their chances of winning the competition as a whole.Continue reading...
Champions League exit was no surprise – fans were resigned to it – and Erik ten Hag has much work to do to salvage the season
When Manchester United kicked off their Champions League campaign at Bayern Munich on 20 September, it was impossible to ignore the sense of foreboding. The season had started badly – three Premier League defeats in five – and the priority at the Allianz Arena was not, seemingly, to win or draw but to avoid humiliation.
The 4-3 defeat was a seven‑goal thriller in name only, Bayern comfortable once in front, their superiority pronounced over a United team unable to fire in more than fits and starts. Still, it was not a disaster for United. They knew their Champions League progress would not rest on this match.Continue reading...
Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat to FC Bayern Munich, a result which saw them eliminated from the Champions League. The defeat means that the Red Devils will play no part in European competition for the remainder of this season. Ten Hag blamed the result partly on the loss of 'players who are very decisive for [their] game and who can make the difference' although he added that it wasn't an excuse. The manager was optimistic however, adding 'there's still many things to play for. And now we can focus, of course, on the Premier League'.Continue reading...
United suffer European exit to a Bayern side who are a good version of whatever it is the hosts are trying to piece together
As the seconds ticked down at the end of a Champions League season‑ender that felt like a gentle, even quite tender, act of sporting euthanasia, the only noise inside Old Trafford was the sound of the Bayern Munich fans singing an impressively sustained version of Football’s Coming Home. A little later they sang Is This A Library? Actually, no, it’s more of a museum. They chanted “Auf Wiedersehen” at the departing members of the home support who, frankly, had done pretty well to stick it out to that point.
The good news for Erik ten Hag at the end of this low-fi 1-0 defeat is that United’s players didn’t lie down and die at Old Trafford. Instead they stood up and died, running hard and creating a kind of simulacrum of a functioning elite team.Continue reading...
- Ten Hag: ‘We didn’t make it … we have to learn from it’
- Dutchman not using injuries as excuse for elimination
Erik ten Hag insisted he had no regrets about Manchester United’s failed Champions League campaign despite finishing bottom of their group after a 1-0 defeat by Bayern Munich.
Kingsley Coman scored the only goal of the game to ensure United finished with a fourth defeat, the full‑time whistle greeted with boos by those who were left at Old Trafford.Continue reading...
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1 min Bayern kick off, straight back to Neuer. Route one and in no time Harry Kane is crossing from the right, but he was offside.
The anthem rings out and the players exchange hand-slaps. United are in their classic red with white shorts and white socks, Bayern in all-black. The crowd are making a lot of noise.Continue reading...
Rasmus Højlund was taught a lesson by Bayern’s defenders while Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich were dominant
André Onana Could not be criticised for the goal as there was little he could do with Coman one-on-one on an otherwise quiet night. 6/10Continue reading...
Anything is possible, Erik ten Hag had claimed, if Manchester United brought their A-game. And yet it still felt outlandish to really believe they were about to beat Bayern Munich, let alone have the other Group A game, between Copenhagen and Galatasaray, end in a draw; the double whammy to save their skin.
United, after all, have not beaten a top-ranked team during this traumatic season. They have won only once against opponents that currently sit in the top half of the Premier League – and that was 10th-placed Fulham.Continue reading...
Fans do not know which team will turn up as Ten Hag chases victory and some luck against Bayern Munich on Tuesday
For Manchester United, the week had started with an apology – the abject performance in the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Newcastle. And it finished with another one, more literal this time, served up by the captain, Bruno Fernandes, after the 3-0 home loss against Bournemouth on Saturday.
In between times, there was the 2-1 victory against Chelsea at Old Trafford, which was lauded in some quarters as the best display of the season, even if there were still holes in it – specifically the one in front of the back four to defend the counterattack and the lack of ruthlessness in the final third.Continue reading...
- Manager backed despite reports players lost confidence in him
- Lindelöf a doubt for Champions League tie with Bayern
Erik ten Hag goes into Manchester United’s make-or-break Champions League assignment against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night with the belief that anything is possible – and a ringing endorsement from Scott McTominay about the environment he has created for the players.
United must beat Bayern under the Old Trafford lights and hope the other Group A tie between Copenhagen and Galatasaray finishes in a draw in order to progress. Given United’s erratic form, it feels as though it could be a tall order for them simply to fulfil their side of the bargain, although Bayern – hammered 5-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday – have nothing tangible to play for, having already sewn up top spot.Continue reading...
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has insisted that Erik ten Hag has the full support of the squad as he looked ahead to United’s potentially season-defining Champions League Group A match against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford. Ten Hag has been criticised for United's inconsistent performances so far this season, having won nine and lost seven out of 16 Premier League matches. 'The boys are firmly behind the manager and that's the be-all and end-all,' McTominay said. 'It's not just a case of some of the other managers [in the past] where it's been a little bit toxic at times.'Continue reading...
- Bids also encouraged for Varane, Martial and Van de Beek
- Erik ten Hag needs to generate funds before strengthening
Manchester United are open to offers for Casemiro, Raphaël Varane, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek in January, though Erik ten Hag will not countenance any sale if it weakens his squad.
The manager is not intent on pushing any player out and United do not anticipate a busy month but financial fair play rules mean there is the need to generate funds in order to strengthen, so he and the club’s hierarchy will listen to any prospective bidders.Continue reading...
Liverpool go top, Chelsea seem to need even more financial backing, and no one wants to bet against Villa
The bad news for Luton is that they’ve already played the (notional) best three teams in the league at home. In the past five weeks, they’ve drawn with Liverpool, lost 4-3 to Arsenal to a 97th-minute winner, and gone down to a narrow 2-1 defeat by Manchester City. In all three games they’ve gone ahead. Playing the elite clearly suits Rob Edwards’ side. The issue is whether they can produce that quality of performance against lesser sides. They beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at home during that run, and that has to be the model. Playing a 3-4-3 gives them plenty of crossing options – and Andros Townsend remains a very fine deliverer of a ball, as he proved in laying on Elijah Adebayo’s goal against City – and they have the physicality to take advantage. The worry is that they are now four points adrift, even with Everton’s points deduction; they could do with finding some of the luck they’ve lacked against the big three against more beatable sides. Jonathan Wilson
Match report: Luton 1-2 Manchester City
Match report: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
Match report: Manchester United 0-3 BournemouthContinue reading...
- Captain frustrated and baffled after Bournemouth collapse
- United face daunting Bayern and Liverpool in coming week
Bruno Fernandes has apologised for Manchester United’s display in their 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth on Saturday and called for greater consistency from his side ahead of a daunting set of fixtures in the next week.
United face Bayern Munich in a must-win Champions League game on Tuesday followed by a trip to Liverpool in the league five days later. Erik ten Hag’s side appear unlikely to triumph in either fixture if their display at the weekend is anything to go by, with United booed off by their own supporters having deservedly suffered a seventh defeats in 16 league games. That the result came only three days after a 2-1 win over Chelsea only further highlighted the unpredictable nature of the Old Trafford side.Continue reading...
Erik ten Hag said he 'takes responsibility' for Manchester United's humbling 3-0 loss to Bournemouth, saying that they were not 'ready for the game'. He added: 'I think we have to always be ready for the game. And so I have to take the responsibility for that. I have to prepare my team that they are ready for the game.' It is United's seventh league defeat of the campaign, and fourth at home, leaving them languishing in sixth place on 27 points.Continue reading...
- Manager says team must improve after loss to Bournemouth
- Ten Hag takes responsibility for dismal performance
Erik ten Hag admitted Manchester United are not good enough to achieve the consistency of an elite team after they were humiliated 3-0 by Bournemouth.
Dominic Solanke’s fifth-minute strike was followed by second‑half goals from Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi to secure Bournemouth’s first win at Old Trafford. United’s disjointed, dismal display followed Wednesday’s 2-1 home win over Chelsea to continue a pattern of uneven displays and results.Continue reading...
This was jubilation for Bournemouth and a crimson embarrassment for Manchester United which would have been worse had Dango Ouattara’s late strike not been ruled out, via VAR, because of the player’s handball. But make no mistake, Erik ten Hag’s team were a rabble reminiscent of the United of the dog days under his predecessor, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and so at the final whistle the boos that greeted them were no surprise.
Bournemouth’s second goal, in the 68th minute, killed off Ten Hag’s side en route to a first ever victory at Old Trafford. A loose Luke Shaw pass was intercepted by the Cherries, who motored upfield. Dominic Solanke fed Marcus Tavernier on the left and, when he lifted the ball in, up rose substitute Philip Billing to crash in a memorable header.Continue reading...
- Forward refusing to back down in row with Erik ten Hag
- Marcus Rashford told to force his way back into United team
Jadon Sancho is likely to leave Manchester United in January due to his refusal to apologise to Erik ten Hag for questioning the Dutchman’s explanation for why he was left out of September’s loss at Arsenal.
After United were defeated 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium, Ten Hag stated Sancho had not travelled to London because he had not trained well enough. This led to the forward claiming on X, formerly known as Twitter, that Ten Hag’s explanation was “completely untrue”, pinning the statement to his account. Sancho removed the statement two days later but remains suspended after failing to retract his criticism of United’s manager.Continue reading...