In response to what they deem as unfair coverage, Manchester United has restricted access to journalists from Sky, ESPN, Manchester Evening News, and the Mirror during Tuesday’s news conference with manager Erik ten Hag. The club argues that they were denied the right of reply to negative stories circulating around the team.
🚨🔴 Manchester United confirmed that the club had “taken action against several media organisations, not for publishing stories we don't like, but for doing so without first contacting us to give us the opportunity to comment, challenge or contextualize”. pic.twitter.com/9E8jckBHRs
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 5, 2023
In a statement, the club clarified that their action is not a response to unfavorable stories but rather a stance against reporting without prior contact for comments, challenges, or contextualization. Manchester United sees this as a crucial principle to uphold, hoping it can lead to a positive shift in the collaboration between the club and the media.
During the news conference, Erik ten Hag expressed his disappointment, stating that journalists should have approached the club first instead of publishing articles without consulting them. He emphasized the importance of open communication and understanding, noting that while he is open to hearing players’ opinions, the majority support the team’s current style of play—proactive, dynamic, and brave.
As Manchester United, currently seventh in the Premier League table, prepares to face Chelsea on Wednesday, the club’s decision to take a stand against unverified reports adds an intriguing layer to their relationship with the media.