Under fire Manchester United a coward Erik ten Hag he cannot afford another injury setback when his troubled side face Fulham on Saturday.
Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge will be given an interesting test when former boss Mauricio Pochettino returns to Chelsea.
Arsenal face Newcastle
Arsenal also have big title aspirations, making their top four rivals Newcastle one of the weekend’s marquee games. Crisis-torn Man Utd must ‘stand up’ Erik ten Hag has urged his Manchester United flops to “stand up” to the pressure as the Dutch coach fights to end his season. United have made their worst start since 1962-63 and a loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage could see the Ten Witches relegated after less than two seasons in charge.
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After a 0-3 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, United were swept aside by the same scoreline against Newcastle in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. Ten Hags have lost eight of their 15 games in all competitions this term, leaving them eighth in the Premier League and in danger of failing to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
It is the first time United have lost consecutive home games by three or more goals since 1962, and the first time they have lost five of their first 10 home games since 1930-31. “This is not good enough and we know that. That is below our standards and we all know it and we have to take responsibility for this,” Ten Hag said after United’s win against Newcastle.
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Ten Witches here to stay?
Bookmakers’ expectations of a Ten Hen win have been slashed by reports that players are losing patience with their manager’s tough personality. In a desperate plea for unity, the former Ajax boss said: “That’s our job. We sleep and we have to go again, so we have to stand up.”
Casemiro was out injured for several weeks
Manchester United midfielder Casemiro has been ruled out for “several weeks” with a hamstring injury, the club announced on Friday, adding to manager Erik ten Hag’s woes.
After missing three games, the 31-year-old captained Erik ten Hag in the side that returned against Newcastle in the League Cup on Wednesday. The club said in a statement: “Casemiro will be out for several weeks due to a hamstring injury suffered during our Carabao. [League] Cup win against Newcastle on Wednesday. Brazil were withdrawn at half-time because of the issue.
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