Alan Shearer has identified what he believes is a clear sign of a significant issue within the Manchester United dressing room.
Following the team’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James’ Park, Shearer, speaking on The Rest Is Football, expressed concern about the player’s body language, interpreting it as a signal of internal problems.
During the defeat, where Anthony Gordon’s second-half goal secured victory for Newcastle, United displayed a lackluster performance, allowing the opposition to dominate the game.
Shearer noted instances of players raising their arms in a gesture that suggests disassociation from faults, indicating potential discord within the team.
The defeat against Newcastle followed a Champions League match where United surrendered a two-goal lead to Galatasaray.
Despite three consecutive Premier League wins before this setback, United’s overall performance this season has fallen below expectations. Shearer’s observation of the players’ reactions suggests underlying issues within the squad.
Erik ten Hag, United’s manager, will likely be disappointed with the team’s recent displays, especially against a determined Newcastle side.
Earlier reports from Alan Brazil had hinted at Ten Hag being on ‘thin ice’ at Old Trafford.
While recent victories, including a 3-0 win over Everton, may have provided some respite, United’s inconsistency and the looming Champions League clash against Bayern Munich demand a swift response from Ten Hag to validate his leadership at the club.