Erik ten Hag is warned one of his substitutions could backfire

Erik ten Hag is already learning the hard way that the Manchester United job is going to be more difficult than he ever could have imagined.

Two defeats to start the season has been the worst possible way to kick off, and the poor results have also become a talking point in the Netherlands.

Dutch journalist Valentijn Driessen was particularly critical of the manager after Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Brentford.

He told FCUpdate that he was not a fan of the decision to substitute Lisandro Martinez at half-time and fears this could backfire on the manager.

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Ten Hag warned over Martinez substitution

Driessen warned that Manchester United’s board may become reluctant to back the manager, if his early signings are not successful.

Speaking of his choice to substitute Martinez, he said: “If you remove your purchase after 45 minutes, you want to say that you are completely dissatisfied with him.

“But you did buy it for 57 million euros. That is not smart, because the club management will then [not] give you money for the to actually strengthen your team with all kinds of players if your big purchase is already not working?”

He added that he was stunned by United’s heavy loss, remarking: “I was completely paralyzed. I thought: this can’t be true. It looked like some players refused to work.”

He also warned that pressure will only increase on the former Ajax boss, commenting: “Everyone thinks Ten Hag will get the chance to build something up, but you don’t get that time in the Premier League.”

Ten Hag’s next game is at home to Liverpool, and several big decisions lie ahead for Ten Hag, one of which will revolve around Martinez.

Martinez actually admitted to having a tough start to life at Ajax, before kicking on. The sooner he does, the better for Ten Hag.

He really needs his early signings to be successes, and hopefully a few more additions will be arriving before the end of the transfer window.

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