Manchester United might have a shocking fate similar to Chelsea and PSG. Analysis of Erik ten Hag’s record
The top team in the Premier League, Manchester United, will face Newcastle United tomorrow night at St James’ Park. But Erik ten Hag’s team has had mixed results against top-half competition, and they might end up the most recent losers on Tyneside.
United have only won twice in their past seven trips to St. James’, so they are no strangers to challenging afternoons there.
Callum Wilson and Joe Willock’s goals sent them to a 2-0 loss in the Premier League the previous year.
And Newcastle, who defeated United 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup fourth round this season, will be ready for revenge.
The Red Devils are now one point ahead of Newcastle and two points behind the Champions League spots in sixth place after winning five of their last six Premier League games.
Eddie Howe’s team, meanwhile, has only managed one victory in their last four games across all competitions due to a wave of injuries.
However, St. James’ Park has strengthened even more this season, so if United loses this weekend, they won’t be the first heavyweight to fall from grace.
Newcastle began the season with a thrilling 5-1 home win over Aston Villa. They then defeated Kylian Mbappe’s Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 to mark their Champions League comeback.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team lost 4-1 to Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend as a result of the fierce cauldron of Geordie support.
Since Ten Hag took over as manager last season, United’s record against teams in the top half of the Premier League has been appalling.
The Red Devils have dropped their last four derby encounters against Manchester City at Old Trafford, most recently by a score of 3-0.
The campaign began with Ten Hag overseeing a 2-0 loss away to Tottenham Hotspur, then a 3-1 loss away to Arsenal in the second away game.
A week following that setback at the Emirates Stadium, Brighton and Hove Albion defeated United 3-1 at home.
If the Premier League were decided by results against teams in the top half, they would be ranked 19th, along with Burnley as the only team with no points from these matches.
Many won’t be convinced by United’s record—which includes two goals for and eleven against in those four games—that they can even steal a point from Newcastle, much less three.