Scott McTominay and manager Erik ten Hag of Man Utd speaks during a press conference at Carrington Training Ground on December 11, 2023 in Manchester, England.
Scott McTominay and Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag.

McTominay makes ‘toxic’ Man United admission in defence of Ten Hag

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay admits that the dressing-room has been “toxic” in the past, but says the squad are “firmly” behind under-fire manager Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman is under pressure after his side lost 3-0 to Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Saturday, their 11th defeat of the season in all competitions.

Man United face Bayern Munich on Tuesday in a must-win clash if they are to have any hope of progressing to the knockout stage of the Uefa Champions League.

McTominay insisted the players back Ten Hag amid the scrutiny of his methods. “It’s the players’ responsibility first and foremost, the players know that,” he said in the pre-match press conference on Monday.

“We have had many amazing players over time and I feel like now we are at a stage where we have big characters in the dressing room. It’s not just a case of, like some of the other managers, where it’s been a little bit toxic at times; the boys are firmly behind the manager. That’s the be all and end all. That’s the way it will remain.

“We’ve got amazing coaching staff. Things can get lost in translation and carried way with what the players think and what they say behind closed doors. We just want to do well for the football club and it’s as simple as that.”

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