Graeme Souness claims ‘the clock is ticking’ on Man United boss Erik ten Hag ALREADY

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Graeme Souness claims ‘the clock is ticking’ on Erik ten Hag ALREADY after starting consecutive defeats at Man United… next week

  • Graeme Souness believes that Erik ten Hag is already under pressure after two games
  • The pundit is unimpressed with the club’s transfer activity this summer
  • Souness does not believe the Red Devils will improve from last season’s show
  • Souness hints at major consequences if United lose to Liverpool next week

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Graeme Souness has warned Erik ten Hag that the clock is already ticking on his tenure as Manchester United manager, despite only being in charge of two Premier League games.

Good preparation for the season gave United fans renewed optimism ahead of the new campaign, but two defeats from the first two league games quickly reopened last season’s wounds.

The Red Devils were thrashed 4-0 at Brentford on Saturday, adding to their 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton on opening day, leaving them bottom of the Premier League.

Sky Sports expert Graeme Souness

Erik Ten Hag was furious after his side's capitulation during Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Brentford

Erik Ten Hag was furious after his side's capitulation during Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Brentford

Graeme Souness has warned Erik ten Hag that the clock is already ticking on his Man United appointment

United had their worst Premier League campaign ever last season, finishing sixth and Souness sees nothing in the current squad to suggest they will improve this time around.

With the transfer deadline in just over two weeks, there is still time for the Dutchman to further strengthen his squad. But the former Liverpool manager believes the pressure on the new United boss could already increase.

“I think it’s a difficult time for Man United,” Souness said talkSPORT. “I’m not sure with this group of players and this manager they will be different from last year.

“The players they’ve brought in aren’t game changers for me. I think the clock is ticking on him already. That is the nature of a Man United manager at the moment.

Souness is unimpressed by the club's earnings, as defender Lisandro Martinez

Souness is unimpressed by the club's earnings, as defender Lisandro Martinez

Souness is unimpressed by the club’s earnings, as defender Lisandro Martinez

Souness thinks that a repeat of last season's 5-0 drubbing could have consequences for Ten Hag

Souness thinks that a repeat of last season's 5-0 drubbing could have consequences for Ten Hag

Souness thinks that a repeat of last season’s 5-0 drubbing could have consequences for Ten Hag

“They expect great things from him, he has been successful at Ajax in a competition that is much less than the Premier League.

“The demands there are are not comparable to what he has on his shoulders in the Premier League and managing what is arguably the greatest club in the world.

The next step for Ten Hag is Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford in what Souness says could be a crucial game for United.

Liverpool humiliated United 5-0 in the corresponding game last season and a repeat of a similar score could have huge consequences for the Dutchman.

When asked whether there is a chance that Ten Hag will be shown the door next Monday evening in the event of a damaging defeat, Souness replied: “Don’t be surprised by surprises in football.”


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