ERIK TEN HAG has ordered his players to have one-on-one sessions with him to fix Manchester United’s broken dressing room.
The under-pressure boss is desperately trying to save his own job by leading the club out of the latest crisis.
Ten Hag wants to know from each player what problems they are having today and tomorrow with him, his staff, teammates and training.
Midfielder Scott McTominay has backed the Dutchman to sort out the mess, insisting the players will “fight like dogs” to save their season.
Wednesday’s shock 3-0 Carabao Cup home defeat to Newcastle – their eighth defeat in 15 games – condemned the Red Devils to their worst start in 61 years.
McTominay, 26, explained: “My thoughts are with the fans because we are not playing well and it is difficult for them.
“They pay their hard-earned money every week to watch us and the least we can do is play well and win games.
“We have to stay tight and keep a clear head. We mustn’t get too emotional. We have to hide everything. Everyone has to stick together and we have to fight like dogs.
“The fans want to see results and performances and see the players smiling and happy.
“It’s not happening at the moment, but I’m 100 percent sure the manager can put it into action and it can work.”
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Time is running out for Ten Hag and the next three games are crucial to his future as bookmakers have made the Dutchman second favorite at 6-5 and will become the first Prem manager to be sacked this season .
United’s Newcastle knockout came after their humiliating 3-0 Old Trafford derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
And former Old Trafford star Gary Neville hinted that Ten Hag will make the decision, posting: “We’ve seen it before, we know how it ends and we’ve had enough.”
But fellow United legend Wayne Rooney insists the players can “do a lot more than what they do for him”.
Rooney, now Birmingham manager, explained: “The pressure is on, Ten Hag knows that.
“But the players have to take some responsibility.
“I know some of the players there and they are not performing as well as they can.
“Ultimately it starts and ends with the manager. He will get the criticism, but the players can do a lot more.”
United visit Fulham on Saturday before traveling to Copenhagen and then hosting Luton in the Champions League.
There will be a 15-day international break before the trip to Everton.
United sit eighth in the Prem, have exited the Carabao Cup and are facing a Champions League exit.
And McTominay told MUTV: “Every time we go back to the dressing room the anger is directed at ourselves for not pleasing the fans.”
“I can assure the fans that this is the most important thing for us. We want to do it for the people who travel home and abroad to support us.
“We are not in our best phase. We have to stick together. Everyone wants this club to be successful and we have to pull together.
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“We have more than enough talent for it, but something isn’t working. It is up to the manager and the players to solve the problem and I am 100 percent confident that we will succeed.”
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