The Dutchman has come under fresh scrutiny following United&aposs dismal defeat to Newcastle at the weekend, which marked their 10th defeat of the season already. It is the quickest they have broken double figures for defeats in a campaign since 197374, the last time the club was relegated.
United banned The Manchester Evening News and three other outlets from attending Ten Hag&aposs press conference on Tuesday for not approaching the club for comment on a story that reported Ten Hag is losing the confidence of some players over his tactics and signings.
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The club will be looking to make headlines for all the right reasons when they host Chelsea in the Premier League on Wednesday night and ahead of the match, Ten Hag insisted he was still the right man for the job.
“There will always be tough times in every journey,” he told reporters. “We are in the right direction. I know we will get there where we want to be. Because see my record. Everywhere where I was, every season, I got my targets. If we stick together, stick to the plan and the strategy, we will get where we want to be.”
Ten Hag won three league titles and two Dutch cups with Ajax, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League. He enjoyed reasonable success during his first season at the club as they ended their trophy drought with the Carabao Cup, secured a third-place finish in the Premier League and reached the final of the FA Cup.
Yet, they were still very much seen as &aposbest of the rest&apos behind the genuine title contenders and took advantage of other clubs being in transition, with the second season always likely to pose a truer gauge of where they are as a club.
United are seventh in the Premier League, having lost six of their 14 games, were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Newcastle and could easily be knocked out of Europe next week.
Asked when United fans can actually expect to see real success, Ten Had responded: “First of all, I can&apost say in this club we are waiting for two or three years.