‘His excuses don’t wash’ – Robbie Savage reveals who to blame for Manchester United’s poor start to the season

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Pundit Robbie Savage has blamed Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag for the club struggles this season, and claims the Dutchman could be suffering from ‘delusions of grandeur’ after a number of excuses he’s made in recent weeks.

Currently, United are on a poor run with four defeats in six matches across all competitions.

In recent weeks, Ten Hag has been confrontational in his post-match media duties, taking aim at officials and technology.

Reflecting on a concerning run of form and performances to match, Savage has pointed the finger at the Red Devils boss for trying to deflect blame.

“Ten Hag was hoping to put his stamp on the side this season but right now this Manchester United team has no dynamism, it’s full of lethargy and the players don’t look like they are enjoying it,” Savage wrote in his column for the Mirror.

“Worst of all, the manager appears to suffering from delusions of grandeur because some of his excuses don’t wash.

‌”He tried to blame the application of technology when Alejandro Garnacho’s late ‘goal’ at Arsenal was disallowed, claiming VAR looked at it from the wrong angle. He claimed Rasmus Hojlund was denied a clear penalty at the Emirates – but few neutrals shared his opinion.

“And he bemoaned United’s luck when Hojlund’s late goal against Brighton was ruled out because the ball had fractionally gone out of play in the build-up. But they have shipped 10 goals in the last three games. They can’t all be down to bad luck.

“There is a lot of background noise about the Glazers’ ownership, a takeover saga that seems to be going on forever, Old Trafford looking like a tired stadium and the Carrington training facility being overtaken by others in its amenities. Yet some of the most concerning evidence of decay is where it matters most – on the pitch – and on that score, the buck stops with Ten Hag.”