Manchester United is in a big crisis.
Manchester United lost 2-3 in the second match of Group A of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) against Galatasaray held at Old Trafford in Manchester, England at 4 a.m. on the 4th (Korean time). . Manchester United, who suffered two consecutive losses, fell to the bottom of the group with 0 points.
Manchester United’s attacking process wasn’t bad in this game either. Casemiro showed a good presence in midfield, Bruno Fernandez played on the side and second line, and Rasmus Høirun showed a good presence up front. Hoe Irun showed his best performance, scoring two goals for the first time since transferring to Manchester United.
The problem was defense. As soon as a goal was scored, the problem of conceding goals due to loss of concentration continued. Every time Hoe Irun scored, he was immediately beaten by Galatasaray and could not maintain the lead. To make matters worse, Andre Onana’s fatal mistake resulted in Casemiro being sent off. In the end, Manchester United lost 2-3 as their unstable defense faltered once again.
This defeat left Manchester United with numerous bad records. First, in the club’s history, it recorded consecutive losses in the first two games of the UCL group stage. Manchester United recorded 7 losses in 14 games immediately preceding the UCL. In the past, it took 96 games to lose 7 games.
The defensive indicators are even worse. The 18 goals conceded in the last 10 official games is the worst since the 1966-67 season. Currently, among Premier League (PL) clubs, Sheffield United is the only team that has conceded more goals than Manchester United. Because they concede so many goals, Manchester United has more losses (6 losses) than wins (4 wins) in the 10 games played this season.
Since coach Ten Haag took office, Manchester United has supported the team with an astronomical amount of investment, but unlike last season, coach Ten Haag is not performing at all this season. He has been strengthened as a player, but his power has deteriorated further. There has been no talk yet of Manchester United preparing to sack coach Ten Haag, but the pressure to do so is clearly growing.
After the Galatasaray match, Britain’s Sky Sports said, “There are great doubts about coach Ten Haag’s future at Manchester United. The pressure on him is increasing.” There may be ongoing player injury issues, but Manchester United is making a lot of noise both inside and outside the club, including the Jadon Sancho issue. As of now, there is no clear way out.