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The worst defeats of Erik ten Hag’s Man Utd career

David De Gea, Casemiro

Erik ten Hag is hardly the first manager to suffer in the Manchester United hot-seat since Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day in 2013.

The Dutchman was brought in to succeed where David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all failed and was given a warning by interim manager Ralf Rangnick of the “operation of the open heart” that was needed at Old Trafford before his arrival.

However, Ten Hag has so far failed to avoid the traps his predecessors fell into as United manager, overseeing some dejecting and downright unforgivable performances at times, even if he has been hamstrung by the off-field mess the club has wallowed in during recent years.

Here are Ten Hag’s worst defeats as Man Utd manager.

David De Gea, Casemiro

De Gea had a shocking game / Clive Rose/GettyImages

Hardly the worst result from a plain scoreline perspective, United’s FA Cup final defeat to local rivals Manchester City was still unbearably painful.

It was Ilkay Gundogan who stepped for the Cityzens with a brace – including a stunning first-minute opener – as Bruno Fernandes’ penalty proved little more than a consolation. United weren’t helped by David de Gea, who signed off on his United career with a shocking display between the sticks.

The win ticked off the second trophy in City’s treble bid and they would complete the job in the Champions League, equaling United’s stunning 1998/99 achievement.

Mauro Icardi

Icardi punished a sloppy United performance / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

United had lost their Champions League opener in 2023/24 and were in dire need of three points when Galatasaray arrived at Old Trafford in October.

Instead, a new nadir arrived as the Turkish giants stole a late victory after Casemiro had been sent off.

Rasmus Hojlund had twice given the hosts the lead either side of Wilfried Zaha’s equaliser but Kerem Akturkoglu struck to pull Galatasaray level before Casemiro was shown a second yellow card, having been played into trouble by an awful Andre Onana pass.

Mauro Icardi put the resulting penalty wide but the Argentine soon ran through the middle and chipped over Onana to hand United a third home defeat in their opening six games of 2023/24.

Rasmus Hojlund, Marcos Senesi, Bruno Fernandes

United were humbled by Bournemouth / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Andoni Iraola had found his feet as Bournemouth manager by the time he took on Ten Hag at Old Trafford in December.

The Spaniard’s fluid style of play was reaping its rewards after a few challenging months at the start of his Premier League career. United, meanwhile, looked as…

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