‘We know how it ends’ – Gary Neville sends ominous warning to Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag

Wednesdays 3-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Newcastle saw the club to their eighth defeat of the season after just 15 games with Premier League and Champions League prospects already looking sour. Ten Hag has vowed to fight for his job, insisting he is a “fighter”.

The Reds boss says he will take responsibility for the decrepit start to the campaign but is adamant he can turn the ship around. Boos rang out around Old Trafford at both half-time and full-time, although there was also an eerie air of acceptance following a terrible display.

Neville, who was on co-commentary for Sky Sports, says the match was painful to watch from a United stance, and contrasted the prospects of Newcastle, who look revitalised in part thanks to the work of sporting director Dan Ashworth.

Taking to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday morning, Neville wrote: On my way up to the gantry last night I bumped into Dan Ashworth. He transformed the FAs structure, set Brighton up for this incredible period of success and has now built a strong foundation for the new owners at Newcastle.

Hes competent, highly qualified and knows what hes doing. Will work with his coach, recruitment team and other departments coherently and calmly. In the last two matches Manchester United have played two clubs that have installed proper football departments to support the team on the pitch and off it.

The complete opposite of United. We havent got a sporting director! I used to travel up to Newcastle and feel sorry for their great fans when the energy and enthusiasm had been sapped from them under Mike Ashley.

Ten Hag is facing mounting pressure and some believe his job is one the line. Neville hinted the sack could be a possibility given the cycles seen under the Glazers with the likes of Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Neville added: It was painful to see. Last night we saw the Theatre of Dreams turn into the Theatre of Nothing. Every single United fan bored and flat .

On the pitch the players in shock, the performances woeful and a manager struggling in front of our eyes. Weve seen it before, we know how it ends and weve had enough.