Man United: Graeme Souness claims ‘the clock is ticking’ on Erik ten Hag ALREADY

Man United: Graeme Souness claims ‘the clock is ticking’ on Erik ten Hag ALREADY

Graeme Souness claims “the clock is ticking” on Erik ten Hag ALREADY after starting back-to-back defeats against Man United … and he won’t rule out the underfire boss being sacked if Liverpool pile on. next week

  • Graeme Souness believes the pressure is on Erik ten Hag after just two games
  • The teacher has not been impressed by the club’s transfer activities this summer
  • Souness does not believe the Red Devils will improve on last season’s display
  • Souness hints at big consequences if United lose to Liverpool next week

Graeme Souness has warned Erik ten Hag that the clock is already ticking on his tenure as Manchester United boss, despite only taking charge of two Premier League games.

A good pre-season gave United fans renewed optimism ahead of the new campaign, but two defeats from their opening two league games have quickly reopened last season’s wounds.

The Red Devils were hammered 4-0 at Brentford on Saturday, adding to their 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton on the opening day – leaving them bottom of the Premier League.

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness

Erik Ten Hag was furious after the team's capitulation during Saturday's 4-0 loss against Brentford

Graeme Souness has warned Erik ten Hag that the clock is already ticking on his Man United tenure

Two losses from as many league games have quickly reopened last season's wounds

Two losses from as many league games have quickly reopened last season’s wounds

United endured their worst ever Premier League campaign last term, finishing sixth, and Souness sees nothing in the current squad to suggest they will improve this time around.

With the transfer deadline just over two weeks away, there is still time for the Dutchman to further strengthen the squad. But the former Liverpool manager believes the pressure can already increase on the new United boss.

“I think it’s a difficult time for Man United,” Souness said talkSPORT. “I’m not sure that with this group of players and this manager they’re going to be any different to where they were last year.

“The players they have brought in are not game changers for me. I think the clock is ticking on him already. That’s the nature of being a Man United manager at this point.

Souness has not been impressed by the club's arrival as defender Lisandro Martinez

Souness has not been impressed by the club’s arrival as defender Lisandro Martinez

Souness believes a repeat of last season's 5-0 drubbing could have consequences for Ten Hag

Souness believes a repeat of last season’s 5-0 drubbing could have consequences for Ten Hag

They expect big things from him, he has been successful at Ajax in a much worse league than the Premier League.

“The demands there are nothing like what he has on his shoulders in the Premier League and managing what is arguably the biggest club in the world.

Next up for Ten Hag is Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford in what Souness believes could be a pivotal game for United.

Liverpool humiliated United 5-0 in the corresponding match last season, and a repeat of a similar score could have major consequences for the Dutchman.

Asked if there was a chance Ten Hag could be shown the door in the event of a damaging defeat next Monday night, Souness replied: ‘Don’t be surprised by surprises in football.’

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