Man Utd’s damning fact reveals why Erik ten Hag is facing the sack

Erik ten Hag is under intense pressure in the Old Trafford dugout as Manchester United’s defensive shortcomings were once again exposed during their match against Chelsea. The team suffered a 4-3 defeat, conceding two late goals and squandering a 3-2 lead in the 99th minute. This disappointing result has put the spotlight on ten Hag, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe considering parting ways with the ex-Ajax manager.

United’s defensive struggles were further highlighted by their high number of shots faced in 2024, which is the most of any club in the Premier League. This contrasts starkly with their position in the league, as they are currently sixth, nine points behind fifth-placed Tottenham and facing slim chances of securing Champions League football for the next season. Furthermore, the significant discrepancy in quality between United and their rivals is evident in their defensive record, as they have allowed more Expected Goals (xG) in their last 10 matches than Arsenal has in their entire season.

Despite citing injuries as a contributing factor to their defensive weaknesses, ten Hag’s team is currently operating with a full-strength attack and midfield. The mounting defensive frailties, coupled with the widening gulf in quality with their rivals, emphasize the challenges facing Manchester United.

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