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Ten Hag says Man United must stick together if they are to right the ship

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The way for Manchester United to weather their current storm is to stick together, beleaguered manager Erik ten Hag said after his side were knocked out of the League Cup by Newcastle United in a last-16 clash on Wednesday.

“That is the only way, stick together,” said the Dutch manager, who is under intense pressure after one of the club’s worst starts to a season in decades. “But you have to be disciplined and you have to do it together, everyone has to take responsibility, be accountable and co-operate.”

Eddie Howe’s Magpies avenged last season’s loss to Manchester United in the League Cup final with a 3-0 victory. They played with more urgency and made Ten Hag’s side look discombobulated and disinterested, and the reeling Old Trafford crowd booed the home team off the pitch at the final whistle.

“You get confidence when you get the right results, and it’s only possible when you are following the rules, following the principles, be in the game, winning your battles, coming through the fight, but especially do it together, you have to do it as a team,” Ten Hag stressed.

Manchester United have lost five of their first 10 home games in all competitions for the first time since 1930-31. They are eighth in the Premier League after losing five of their first 10 Premier League games for the first time ever.

Asked whether Manchester United’s players have the necessary character to get through this rough stretch, Ten Hag said: “I am confident that players will stand up and stick together. This is not good enough. I am responsible for this. We have to stand up together.”

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