Man Utd’s broken squad at war as Ten Hag battles with in-fighting and cliques

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    Erik ten Hag is battling to bring together a divided dressing room at Manchester United.

    Ten Hag is facing questions about his own future following eight defeats in 15 games – the club's worst start to a season since 1962. But to make matters worse the Dutchman is also having to deal with in-fighting within his broken squad.

    It's understood some cliques have developed in the wake of the off-field scenarios involving Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Antony. Some stars want Sancho to be recalled to first team training, while others would like to see Antony dropped from the squad.

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    In the meantime, Ten Hag will be given more games to show he can stop the rot – despite Wednesday's shambolic home defeat to Newcastle. United have now lost five of 10 home games this season for the first time since 1931.

    Ten Hag insists he is still the right man to stop the downward spiral at Old Trafford. The manager is in constant dialogue with CEO Richard Arnold about the growing crisis and what can be done to save a disastrous campaign.

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    Arnold is reluctant to sack Ten Hag because of the success he engineered last season, when United finished third and won the Carabao Cup. And Ten Hag is expected to get more time to survive due to the ongoing saga of the club's ownership.

    The Glazers are still negotiating with Sir Jim Ratcliffe about him purchasing a 25% stake in the club. And while talks continue, no-one involved in the running of United wants the distraction of having to change managers.

    Ten Hag spoke to his squad on Thursday and told them Friday would not be a day off ahead of Saturday's must-win clash at Fulham. The eight-place Red Devils go to Craven Cottage in the Premier League's lunch-time kick-off, where a win would at least temporarily bump them back up into sixth spot.

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