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Scholes believes United should keep the faith with Erik
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The pressure is gradually ramping up on Erik ten Hag
The pressure is gradually ramping up on Erik ten Hag

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United need to stick with manager Erik ten Hag. 

United's Champions League hopes were dented by a 4-3 defeat in Copenhagen last night, which saw them lose two leads after Marcus Rashford was sent off in the first half. 

Defeat leaves Ten Hag's side rock bottom of Group A with three losses in the competition so far. 

But Red Devils legend Scholes, 48, believes his old club cannot afford to sack the Dutchman. 

The TNT Sports pundit said: "I still don't think there's that much pressure on him. I think he's had a good year and he's bought a bit of time in that respect. 

"He's had bad injuries. But as you say, nine defeats in 17 games is not good enough. 

"I know managers have been sacked in that second or third year. I don't think we can afford to do it anymore, we've got to let this fella get on with it. 

"I think he's been good up until this point. I know it's not been that great [this season] but he's got a bit unlucky. 

"They're going to have to play better teams than Copenhagen but I thought there was a little bit of fight there, [it was] just lacking that bit of leadership. 

"Maybe if a Casemiro was in there things might be different."

Rasmus Hojlund's brace gave United the lead before Rashford was sent off and Copenhagen scored through Mohamed Elyounoussi and a Diogo Goncalves penalty.

Bruno Fernandes' spot-kick gave 10-man United the lead again but the hosts equalised through Lukas Lerager before substitute Roony Bardghji gave them an incredible victory. 

Scholes added: "It’s alright conceding a goal, it happens. It's not easy to play away in Europe. 

"But there has to come a point where you say, 'Come on, we just stay here'. Especially with 10 men. 

"It's that collapsing that's really hurting them at the minute. Once you concede one it seems like the second is coming and they've got to stop that. 

"You can't win games if that's going to happen every week."


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