A poor showing at Newcastle condemned United to their tenth defeat of the season ahead of Wednesdays clash with Chelsea. As a result of the stalling season, a number of United players are losing faith in Ten Hag.
All the while, Jadon Sanchos exile from the first team continues. He is one of several players who could leave in January with others still sidelined with injuries until the new year. It means United must navigate the festive period with a squad depleted of numbers and trust.
Nemanja Matic has claimed Sancho and Paul Pogba were always late to United training during his time at the club and he suggested there were low standards among players.
Matic joined United in 2017 from Chelsea to play for Jose Mourinho again and he spent five years at Old Trafford, making 183 appearances before leaving on a free transfer at the end of the 2021/22 season.
The midfielder did not win a trophy during his time with United and he signed Roma following his departure, but he&aposs now playing for French club Rennes and he spoke to Serbian media this week.
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Mason Mount is the most likely man to return for United against former club Chelsea on Wednesday night – but Erik ten Hag and his squad are still beset with injury problems.
The 24-year-old has missed the last three matches with a calf problem. Mount signed for United this summer and faces a race against time to make his Premier League return at Old Trafford.