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Man Utd: Drained confidence, transfer shambles and squad fractures - how optimism under Erik ten Hag evaporated

Man Utd: Drained confidence, transfer shambles and squad fractures - how optimism under Erik ten Hag evaporated

In the aftermath of the defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford on the opening day of Manchester United's campaign, Erik ten Hag was astounded by how psychologically drained his players were.

The manager had spent the entirety of pre-season instilling discipline and a tactical structure, while working on remedying the confidence and courage of the squad.

There had been a series of collective and individual talks where Ten Hag reminded players of their strengths, offered his backing and asked them to take responsibility for their story and not let it be defined by the past.

He has also done this publicly, sticking up for and sticking with Harry Maguire as captain, for example, and not slicing into a wavering Cristiano Ronaldo in the media.

The first half against Graham Potter's men had not even reached the 10-minute mark when United started "bricking it." That description came from a chat between a player and his agent, where there was an admission that the team were unprepared for Brighton's direct approach and wilted amid the pressure of shedding last season's misery, plus serving a statement of a new era in front of the home crowd.

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