Erik ten Hag is feeling the heat at Manchester United, but is it fair? That statistics would suggest not.
The Dutch boss enjoyed a strong first campaign at Old Trafford, finishing third in the Premier League, winning the Carabao Cup and finishing as runner up in the FA Cup.
This season it was expected that the Red Devils would kick on, but their unconvincing performances have left fans feeling underwhelmed with the progress being made.
As is the way, Ten Hag is the man who is taking stick, but a deep-dive into the numbers show the criticism that he’s facing may actually be unjustified.
Man United are the most in-form team in the top flight having won four of their last five matches.
Not only that, the 1-0 victory over Luton on Saturday was Ten Hag’s 50th Premier League match in charge of the club.
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He’s the 17th manager to reach 50 top-flight matches with the Red Devils and is the only one to reach 30 wins in those 50 matches.
That record is better than some of the huge names that came before him, including Jose Mourinho, David Moyes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Louis van Gaal and even Sir Alex Ferguson.
And his record in those 50 games is better than some of his closest rivals.
In Jurgen Klopp’s first 50 Premier League matches with Liverpool, he managed 92 points along the way, while Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta managed just 75.
However, Ten Hag’s 96 points accrued is still some way short of Pep Guardiola who racked up a staggering 112 points from his first 50 in charge of Man City.
But despite those positive statistics, Ten Hag still has work to do to turn the season around.
Man United go into the November international break in sixth position in the Premier League, five points from fourth position and seven from league leaders Man City.
They also sit bottom of Champions League Group A with just three points from four games, meaning that they have work to do if they’re to qualify for the Europa League, let alone the knockout stages of the Champions League.
And despite the positive recent form, Simon Jordan is among those who remain unconvinced by Ten Hag.
Speaking on talkSPORT this week, Jordan said: “Look at the opposition they have played.
“They have played Brentford, Sheffield United… look at the opposition they are playing against. Fulham are dreadful at this moment in time, Luton are near the bottom of the league.
“Are we seeing a better side being developed? This team are sixth in the league, beating teams like Fulham 1-0.”