Manchester United's December Struggles | 4 Defeats in Last 6 Matches
|Ola Aina of Nottingham Forest puts Antony of Manchester United under pressure on the ball during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United at City Ground on December 30, 2023 in Nottingham, England(Image-Getty)
2nd to 31st December – Manchester United played 8 matches in all competitions during this period. Lose in 5 of them. Eric ten Haag's team won 2 of the remaining 3 matches and drew 1. The supporters of the team have not seen much like this before December. Yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest gave United the bitter taste of their worst start to a season in the league in 93 years. United's previous worst start to a season in the league was in 1930.
After last night's loss, United's points in 20 games are 31. They are ranked seventh in the list. Ten Haag's team is 9 points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. After falling behind on 64 minutes at Forest, United pulled level with Marcus Rashford's goal 14 minutes later. However, they fell behind again in the 82nd minute. After that, he could not return to the match. This is United's fourth defeat in the last 6 matches in all competitions.
After the match, United's coach Ten Haag referred to this loss as 'unfortunate', 'it is disappointing. The rate is unchanged. We lost in the first half. We didn't expend enough energy. We should have given more in the first half. We played a little bit better in the second half. We know this result does not meet our standards. Players are not happy with this result. But we should have played better.
That's United's cause, losing nine of their first 20 league games for the first time since the 1989-90 season. They have lost 14 matches in all competitions this season. They had lost more games before heading into the new year in the 1930-31 season. United have lost a total of 21 matches this year. The traditional club have lost more matches in a year only three times in their history.
For this situation, coach Ten Haag, however, blames the injury, "There are injuries." There are other problems. But the injury is what really held us back. Many of our players will return in January. So the standard of our game will increase.
Although Ten Hoag blames injuries for United's situation, the team's former players blame the coach. United's legendary defender Gary Neville said, 'I have no doubt that they (United authorities) will make a decision (on Ten Haag) before the end of the season. If they keep Ten Haag until the end of the season and the situation is like this, he will be really under pressure.'