Erik ten Hag on journalist ban: They should ‘not go behind our back’

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has hit back at the journalists who have been banned from attending his press conferences.

Prior to the Dutchman speaking to the media ahead of the Red Devils’ clash against Chelsea, it was announced that a selection of journalists had been banned from attending the press conference.

This came after numerous reports were published stating 50 per cent of the United players had lost faith in ten Hag, with the club subsequently squashing these rumours and banning the reporters in question.

When asked about why the need for the ban, the United manager was frank with his response:

“They should have come to us first and not go behind our back printing articles, that is not the right thing. 

“I think we have a good relationship, they can, they should come to us beforehand, we have a normal and professional discussion and debate about it.”

The Red Devils have been in mixed form, an impressive win over Everton was followed by two disappointing matches away at Galatasaray and Newcastle, in the former ten Hag’s men let slip a two goal advantage to draw.

With their Champions League status in the balance heading into the final round of fixtures next week and a five point deficit to fourth placed Aston Villa to make up, the Dutchman’s relationship with his players has been called into question.

Ten Hag snapped back at the suggestion of any disgruntlement within the club, denying there were any issues at hand.

“Of course, there are always in every team players who are not playing or less playing who are less happy.

“That is not different to normal, in some circumstances you need that, they have to wait for their chance and that can come. But no, there are no issues.”

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