The Manchester United Supporters Trust will “demand answers” from the board

The Manchester United Supporters Trust will “demand answers” from the board

Erik Ten Hag on the sidelines
This is United’s worst start to the season since the first edition of the Premier League in 1992

The Manchester United Supporters Trust say they will “demand answers” from those who run the club after a “humiliatingly poor” start to the season.

United have lost both of their opening games and are now bottom of the Premier League.

Manager Erik ten Hag canceled the players’ day off on Sunday after their woeful 4-0 loss to Brentford on Saturday.

The statement from Must said: “This really feels like a bottom.”

The supporters’ trust added: “Ultimate responsibility for the appalling state of our football club must lie with the owners, the Glazer family.

“It is now for them and their management team to explain to the United fans why we are in this state and what they are going to do about it.

“We will raise fan concerns directly with the club and demand answers for supporters on issues such as ownership, debt, dividends and team performance and the need for real change on all these fronts.”

The supporters’ group, which is one of the largest in the world with over 200,000 members, said “unity really is paramount above all else” and “a united voice aimed at the club and the owners is needed more than ever”.

Ten Hag has become the first manager since John Chapman in 1921 to lose his opening two games in charge of the club.

Former Norwich striker Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club that it has taken Ten Hag two games to realize “the extent of the situation”.

“I don’t think it can get any worse – they’ve hit rock bottom. The club needs to lower expectations, if you look at the last decade they’ve never really challenged,” he said.

“They’ve been miles away for the best part of a decade – if you look at the recruitment over that time, can you name one player who’s been a huge success for United to bring in? The recruitment has been terrible.”

Following theirs 2-1 defeat by Brighton in the opening weekend of the season United have been linked with various transfer targets including Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic and 27-year-old French midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The former was the subject of a widespread backlash and remained so described as a “public relations disaster”while the latter is believed to be one overwhelming response to the ongoing problems at United.

Recruitment a horror story – Neville

The loss to Brentford further exposed the cracks in Ten Hag’s squad, with former United defender Gary Neville saying on Sky Sports that the recruitment process has been “a horror story”.

“It has become a graveyard for players, where players even consider not entering,” he said.

“He [Ten Hag] is obviously a fantastic coach, but he has been dealt a very bad hand. Not getting the players he wanted is an absolute shock.”

Another battle Ten Hag will have to contend with is the ongoing saga of whether Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club before the transfer window closes, with reports once again emerging that he is unhappy.

“It’s a massive decision to take on Ronaldo,” said Neville. “Obviously he’s not happy, the problem is if they lose him there’s nothing left in the goal-scoring part of the pitch. I really think if he leaves and they don’t bring people in they could finish bottom half of the table.”

To add fuel to the fire, United face their toughest challenge yet when they host Liverpool on Monday 22 August.

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