Manchester United matched 34-year unwanted record vs Nottingham Forest

Manchester United faced off with Nottingham Forest on Saturday, looking to capitalise on their huge 3-2 win over Aston Villa last time out.

But when all was said and done, United fell to a 2-1 defeat. The Red Devils are next in action on January 8 vs Wigan in the FA Cup and are 2/7 favourites with bet365 to pick up the win.

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Manchester United’s unwanted record

Manchester United have now lost as many as nine of their first 20 league games in a season for the first time since 1989/90, as many defeats as they suffered in the whole of 2022/23.

Despite the unwanted record, Erik ten Hag insisted he is still the right man to lead the club:

“Of course, but they (Ineos) know me and they know when I have a squad what is available then the results will be there,” Ten Hag stressed. “We already proved against the top teams we can go head-to-head.

“So I am convinced and have a strong belief we get progress in this team, that we get more consistency in the moment. This is part of a project.

“We were overperforming last year, this year so far we are underperforming. We have to do better, we have to step up and I have to lead that process.

“One thing is sure: every time you have to swap, the routines are not there and top football is going quick,” Ten Hag explained, “so you need the communication in the split moment.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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