The iconic Manchester United Stadium, Old Trafford, known as the “Theatre of Dreams,” is facing tough times. Recently, the phrase chanted by rival fans at Old Trafford, “The Theatre of Dreams is crumbling,” seems more than appropriate. Manchester United is having its worst home season start in nearly a century, to be exact, in 93 years.
Manchester United has suffered five defeats in their first 10 home games this season. The latest defeat occurred this Wednesday in an English League Cup match against Newcastle, with a score of 3-0. Last weekend, United also lost 3-0 to their rival, Manchester City, in the Premier League.
It had been 61 years since the last time Manchester United lost two consecutive games at Old Trafford with a difference of three or more goals. Of the six most recent games played at their stadium in all competitions, the team suffered defeats in four of them.
The current home performance sharply contrasts with the previous season when Manchester United maintained an unbeaten streak of 30 games at Old Trafford. In the 2022/23 season, the club played 33 home matches, with 27 wins, four draws, and two losses.
Coach Erik ten Hag expressed his confidence in his ability to lead Manchester United despite the current challenges: “I’m a fighter, and I know that things won’t always be positive. We’ve had many setbacks this season. But you have to deal with it; it can never be an excuse. I have confidence that I can lead United. I’ve managed it at every club I’ve been to, and I did it here last year. At this moment, we’re in a bad place, and I take responsibility for that.”
Since the 1962/63 season, Manchester United hasn’t faced eight or more losses in the first 15 games of a season.
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