Erik ten Hag passionately appealed to Manchester United's leadership to maintain faith in him, asserting that his proven track record makes him the "ideal" candidate to rejuvenate the beleaguered club.
The Dutch manager, who steered United to their first trophy in six years last season with a League Cup triumph, is grappling with a tumultuous start to the current campaign. Despite high expectations following last season's successes, the team's recent 1-0 loss to Newcastle marked their 10th defeat in 21 matches across all competitions, leaving them five points adrift of the Premier League's top four.
As United faces the prospect of potential Champions League elimination and internal reports of player dissatisfaction with Ten Hag's training methods, the manager defended his credentials during a media session on Tuesday.
He emphasised his successful track record, highlighting achievements at previous clubs, including three league titles with Ajax and a Champions League semi-final appearance in 2019.
Ten Hag conveyed confidence in the direction he is leading the team, expressing optimism that, with unity and adherence to the plan, they will achieve their goals.
Addressing questions about the timeframe for United's resurgence, Ten Hag underlined the club's demand for immediate success, affirming a commitment to a winning mentality.
Despite reports of player disillusionment, Ten Hag asserted that he believes in the backing of his players, emphasising the collective spirit within the team.
He acknowledged the attention and scrutiny that come with managing one of the world's biggest clubs but stressed the importance of maintaining a positive atmosphere to navigate through challenges.
In his resolute response to adversity, Ten Hag declared, "I never had the idea they don't back me because I know they would have dropped me against Fulham or Burnley if it were the other situation." He emphasised the collective nature of the journey, expressing unity within the team and the understanding that challenges are inherent when representing one of the world's premier football clubs.