Erik ten Hag narrowly avoided his fifth defeat in eight matches with a dramatic turnaround against Brentford, thanks to two late goals from Scottish international Scott McTominay.
However, according to Robbie Fowler, the Manchester United manager’s relief might only be temporary. Fowler suggests that despite the recent win, the pressure on the Dutchman remains. He anticipates a challenging post-international break fixture for the Red Devils as they make the trip to Sheffield United on Saturday.
The legendary striker believes the Blades could intensify the pressure on ten Hag, under the lights at Bramall Lane, because it is “a no-win situation” for Man United, he wrote in his Daily Mirror column.
“Manchester United couldn’t have a worse game back after the international break, and so the pressure returns immediately.” [Daily Mirror]
Paul Heckingbottom’s men are at the foot of the table, but let’s not forget they have managed to push Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all the way in the two games against the “big-six” thus far.
It’s certainly not uncommon for these types of games to spring a surprise result and that’s partly down to the fearlessness in how the huge underdogs go about their business. If Sheffield United can forget about their recent results and attempt to play with no fear and a freedom, that alone would pose a threat to Manchester United.
Since the dying minutes of the Spurs game the Blades have looked timid of their opposition. This was exploited in the game against Newcastle where they lost 8-0, and then in the West Ham and Fulham away fixtures, losing 2-0 and 3-1 respectively.
Hopefully, this international break has given the players and coaching staff the opportunity to have a mental reset.