Erik ten Hag has been given a crash course in what to expect at Manchester United in only his first week of meaningful action. Defeat to Brighton in their opening game of the season marked the end of his honeymoon and laid the foundation for the most turbulent few days of his short Old Trafford reign.
“I would be more in panic when there wasn’t panic because we have to win,” the Dutchman said ahead of Saturday’s visit to Brentford.
That game already has a sense of “must-win” about it – particularly with Liverpool next up a week on Monday.
Ten Hag described it as a “hell of a job” after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat – but even he must have been taken aback at the reaction following a summer that has largely been injected with optimism since his arrival.