Manchester United players ‘firmly behind’ Erik ten Hag after some ‘toxic’ times, says Scott McTominay

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Scott McTominay has admitted Manchester United’s dressing room became “toxic” at times under previous managers but insists the current players are “firmly behind” Erik ten Hag.

United have lost 11 of 23 games so far this season and face Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on Tuesday night needing a win to maintain any hope of progress to the Champions League knockout phase.

That form has brought scrutiny on Ten Hag — a familiar pattern after the reigns of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — but McTominay is adamant that the squad is supportive of the Dutchman, who won the Carabao Cup and finished third in the Premier League in his first season.

“It’s the players’ responsibility first and foremost, the players know that,” McTominay said.

“We have had many amazing players over time and I feel like now we are at a stage where we have big characters in the dressing room. It’s not just a case of, like some of the other managers, where it’s been a little bit toxic at times; the boys are firmly behind the manager. That’s the be all and end all. That’s the way it will remain.

“We’ve got amazing coaching staff. Things can get lost in translation and carried way with what the players think and what they say behind closed doors. We just want to do well for the football club and it’s as simple as that.”

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McTominay believes United’s players need to run more to gain better control of games.

He said: “In the Premier League every team is super athletic, in the Champions League every team can run. A lot of the time we need to match that and more. That’s been a clear message that we need together on the pitch, the manager can’t do too much from the sidelines, we need to do it as players and stick together.

“We need to find that consistency and balance, when we play like we did against Chelsea we can do good things.

“We know the inconsistencies we’ve had, we’re not naive to that, we’ve spoke about it as a group. The schedule is relentless, we can’t blame it on the fixture backlog but we have to come together and figure out why we’re inconsistent.

“The boys are doing everything they can to contribute and give their best when you get on the pitch.”

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