Manchester United" - "Newcastle" 0-3: Erik ten Hag promises to "keep fighting," but questions about the coach of the "Reds" are growing

"Manchester United" manager Erik ten Hag says the club is in a "bad position," but he still believes he is the one who can stop the downward spiral at Old Trafford.

Newcastle's 3-0 victory in the English Football League Cup became their biggest away win over "Manchester United" in 93 years. This condemned the "Reds" to their eighth defeat in 15 matches, their worst start to a season since 1962/63.

After Sunday's defeat in the Manchester derby against "City," "United" lost consecutive home matches by three or more goals for the first time since October 1962. They lost five of their first 10 home games for the first time since the 1930-31 season.

This string of discouraging statistics was accompanied by boos at half-time and the final whistle, much like on Sunday, sparking speculation about whether Ten Hag is the right fit for the job.

"I understand that when there are no results, it's logical that they question it," he said.

"But I am confident that I can do it. At the moment, we are in a bad position, and I take responsibility for that."

"But I'm a fighter. I see this as a challenge."

Goals from Miguel Almiron and Lewis Hall in the first half gave Newcastle the upper hand, and then, after a brief exchange at the start of the second half, Joe Willock sealed the victory with the third goal in an hour.

The home team managed only two shots on target and missed their best chance in the first half when Anthony Martial seemed to shy away from a header despite being in a central position just six yards from goal.

"This is below the standards that everyone expects from 'Manchester United'," Ten Hag said. "It's clearly not good enough, and we need to fix it.

"I take responsibility for this. This is my team, and they are not performing."

Ten Hag confirmed that Brazilian midfielder Casemiro will miss Saturday's Premier League lunchtime match against "Fulham" due to an injury he sustained in his first appearance after a three-match absence.

"So far this season, we've had a lot of setbacks, but that's not an excuse; we need to get results," he said. "Obviously, Sunday and tonight were far from that."

Latest news on "Manchester United," analysis, and fan opinions Get "Manchester United" news alerts Listen to the latest The Devils' Advocate podcast "Questions about the manager" - experts' reactions Joe Willock scores "Manchester United" has lost consecutive home matches by three or more goals for the first time since October 1962. "United" lost five of their first 10 home games for the first time since the 1930-31 season, losing at home in the Premier League only once last season - winning 15 out of 18.

Former "Manchester United" striker Andy Cole, speaking on Sky Sports, said, "People are coming to Old Trafford thinking they can beat 'Manchester United.'"

"There will be questions about the manager; 'Manchester United' was really poor. Players need to take a good look at themselves."

"When you see performances like this, you have to ask, 'What's going on here?'"

"If he doesn't get results in the next two games, the fans' attitude towards Ten Hag could change very quickly."

Former "Newcastle" goalkeeper Shay Given said, "There seems to be a disconnect between the players and the manager," adding that "there appear to be real consequences behind the scenes."

"Players need to take responsibility, but it seems that there is a rift behind the scenes," he continued.

"He has spent £411 million, and this is his team. Where do they go from here? Do the board and directors need to think about something?"

"I think they will. It's not good enough for a club of this size, and the coach will take the final hit."

Former "United" captain Gary Neville was unimpressed as well.

"Manchester United" players complained to the referee, they were moaning, and while they were moaning, "Newcastle" attacked. These are tactics for players under the age of nine," he said.

"Manchester United" fans probably expected to see something different. Every team that has come here this season has had to get something.

"I don't know where he's going to pick a team from next time because none of them can say they deserve to play.

"We're seeing a repeat of 'United' losing discipline, not passion - it's petulance. It's like a bunch of kids in a schoolyard."