Manchester United takes action against media outlets following speculation on player morale under Erik ten Hag

Manchester United has banned journalists from Manchester Evening News, Sky Sports, and ESPN after reports claimed Erik ten Hag had lost half of his dressing room. Several media outlets reported that several United players had become disillusioned with life under Ten Hag. Their frustrations stem from constant running in training and the Dutch tactician’s coaching methods. Reports claim that Ten Hag has lost 50% of the Manchester United dressing room amid a woeful season thus far. These reports have led to the club banning high-profile journalists from the manager’s press conference. Ten Hag has come under pressure, as his side continues to lose ground in their top-four hunt. They sit seventh in the league, three points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa. The Red Devils suffered their sixth defeat of the Premier League season after a 1-0 loss away at Newcastle United on Saturday. Anthony Gordon’s 55th-minute strike was enough to secure all three points for a dominant Magpies side. Ten Hag insisted that his side were resilient enough to put that disappointing defeat behind them. He urged his players to concentrate on Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford. Manchester United have lost 10 games across competitions this season. They crashed out of the Carabao Cup after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Newcastle at Old Trafford in the Round of 16. They are also close to Champions League elimination in the Round of 16. They need to beat Bayern Munich on Group A’s final matchday and hope Galatasaray draw against FC Copenhagen. Ten Hag’s men are currently bottom of their group, with just four points from five games.