In an extraordinary virtual meeting held on Monday, Manchester United’s Chief Executive, Richard Arnold, provided clarity on the club’s unwavering support for Erik ten Hag amidst challenging times. The meeting, conducted over Zoom, saw Arnold fielding anonymous questions in what was described as a no-holds-barred session.
While the discussions predominantly revolved around serious matters involving Mason Greenwood and Antony, there was also a focus on the club’s on-field performance and their summer recruitment. Manchester United’s season has been marred by three defeats in their opening five Premier League matches, placing them in the lower half of the table.
During the meeting, Arnold emphatically reaffirmed the club’s faith in Erik ten Hag. Ten Hag, who assumed the managerial reins last summer, enjoyed a successful debut season by clinching the Carabao Cup and securing Champions League qualification. Despite recent setbacks, including a 3-1 home loss to Brighton and Hove Albion, Ten Hag remains committed.
As Manchester United prepares for their Champions League voyage to Bayern Munich, Ten Hag acknowledged the immense challenge posed by the German champions. “Bayern Munich,” he said, “is undoubtedly one of the favorites to win the Champions League. Our mission demands character, belief, resilience, and unwavering determination.”
For this crucial European fixture, Manchester United has named a 21-man traveling squad, including four goalkeepers. However, a dozen first-team players are absent for various reasons, with Harry Maguire, Mason Mount, and Raphael Varane among those sidelined due to injuries.
It’s worth noting that United will face Harry Kane in Munich, a player they were linked with signing earlier in the summer.