Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary former Manchester United boss, has thrown his full support behind Erik ten Hag, according to The Sun. Despite a challenging start to the season, Ferguson believes that Ten Hag can turn things around for the club, especially with the anticipated arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who will oversee football operations. A source revealed, “Erik has Sir Alex’s unwavering support. He’s been hugely supportive of Erik since he arrived at the club. He’s impressed with the job he’s doing and the way he’s made tough decisions. Sir Alex disagrees with those who are calling for a managerial change.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal is compiling a list of decisions from last season to present to the refereeing body PGMOL ahead of their next meeting, as reported by the Daily Mail. The Gunners are in disagreement with referee chiefs following their recent match. PGMOL has yet to respond publicly, but they believe that Arsenal and Mikel Arteta overreacted. This latest development highlights the frustration within Arsenal’s senior ranks regarding decisions they feel have gone against them. In addition to addressing the disallowed goal in their next meeting, Arsenal will also mention examples from the previous campaign to further illustrate their discontent.
Mikel Arteta took a siege mentality approach after Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle, as revealed by the Mirror. Arteta had one of his video analysts replay controversial moments from the match in the dressing room at St James’ Park before his passionate rant about the “embarrassing” and “disgraceful” decisions. This move was intended to create a sense of unity among the players, who were bombarded with messages after the game. Arteta also wanted to remind the team that they played well, limited Newcastle’s chances, and prevented them from earning a single corner. If the disallowed goal had been allowed, Newcastle’s expected goals (XG) would have been only 0.16.