Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, faces an ongoing challenge when it comes to securing victories in significant away games.
Despite a successful first year with trophy wins and Champions League qualification, Ten Hag has struggled to clinch victories against top Premier League teams on their home turf.
Manchester United has only gathered two points in away matches against top-eight clubs since the beginning of last season, a disappointing record with just two points from 11 matches.
To accentuate the issue further, the last time Manchester United won a major away game was over two years ago under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is no longer with the club.
During Ten Hag’s tenure, the team has failed to replicate the success achieved by Solskjaer against formidable opponents like Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
Even matches against recently elevated teams such as Brighton and Aston Villa have proven challenging, hinting at persistent away struggles that may hinder Ten Hag’s aspirations for a successful second season.
Acknowledging the poor away record, Ten Hag is aware of the pressing need for improvement.
After a lackluster performance against Newcastle, where Anthony Gordon’s goal secured a victory for the opposition, Ten Hag recognizes the need for corrective action.
While upcoming home games against Chelsea and Bournemouth offer a chance for redemption, a formidable trip to Liverpool looms on the horizon.
United has faced tough outings at Anfield in recent years, including a memorable 7-0 defeat by Liverpool during this season.
With Liverpool enjoying a resurgence under Jurgen Klopp, the upcoming clash poses a significant challenge for Ten Hag and Manchester United.
The statistic of 11 consecutive matches without an away victory against top-tier opponents is a sobering reality, and the upcoming Liverpool fixture may add to the manager’s list of challenges.