Manchester United suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Burnley in a behind-closed-doors match at Carrington Ground on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. The match was friendly, but Ten Hag will surely be worried after a loss against the newly promoted side.
Jonny Evans, Hannibal Mejbri, Álvaro Fernández, Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial, Donny Van de Beek, and Facundo Pellistri reportedly all started the game for Manchester United. The result has increased the pressure on Ten Hag, who took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in June 2022. The Dutchman, who led Ajax to four consecutive Eredivisie titles and a Champions League semi-final, has struggled to replicate his success at United.
Ten Hag has already been under a great deal of stress as a result of his side's below-average Premier League start this season. His team's 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opening game was somewhat fortunate. Although Wolves had 23 shot attempts, which is the second-highest number for a visitor at Old Trafford since 2004, Raphael Varane scored the game's winning goal. The Red Devils also lost 2-0 to their arch-rivals Tottenham in their last game.
The fans and the media have already started to question Ten Hag's suitability for the job and have suggested some possible replacements. United will next face Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on Saturday, August 26. They will hope to bounce back from their embarrassing defeat to Burnley and regain some momentum and confidence.