Alcohol and personal chefs are BANNED, stragglers will be weeded out, there are weekly BMI checks… and DON’T WHINE at your agents: Erik ten Hag’s ‘five tough new rules’ for stars of Man United are revealed
- Erik ten Hag begins his first season in charge of Manchester United
- The Dutch head coach is known to have a strict disciplinary attitude
- This was illustrated by the set of values it would have passed
Erik ten Hag has delivered a set of five values he wants his Manchester United players to uphold, according to reports.
The Dutchman, who was confirmed as United boss in April, is taking charge of his debut campaign at Old Trafford and getting to know his team.
The club are set to embark on a pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia later this month, before the Premier League season kicks off in August.
Erik ten Hag has set out five rules he wants his Manchester United players to follow
Ten Hag got to know his players at the Carrington training base and began to implement his own techniques and methods.
A strict disciplinarian, the 52-year-old has now established a set of rules he expects from each of his players.
Personal chefs should be banned by new United boss
According to the Daily Mirror, they include the mantra that any player who is late for training or team meetings will be dropped without exception.
Drinking alcohol during match week is also something that will be prohibited. This will essentially work as a blanket alcohol ban throughout the season, with United having to play regularly twice a week due to the European commitment.
One of the biggest changes will be to food. Ten Hag has banned players from adopting their own personal chefs and wants all players to use the Carrington Canteen as their main source of meals.
Ten Hag sought to revamp the menu available as one of its first steps, with fish and vegetables now more prominent at mealtimes.
People like Luke Shaw have publicly flaunted their hiring of private chefs in the past, allowing players to engage in their own food choices.
However, each player will still receive a unique meal plan to meet their individual needs. The only difference is that he will now be controlled by the club.
The Dutchman is also wary of players who control their weight and therefore the BMI will be checked on a weekly basis.
Finally, he asked that all player complaints be handled by him, instead of going to agents or other sources.
Drinking during match week should also be banned by United’s new head coach (pictured right, captain Harry Maguire enjoying a pint of Guinness)
Indeed, dressing room leaks were one of the main bugs of former bosses Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and caretaker head coach Ralf Rangnick, and it is something Ten Hag hopes to stamp out from United.
News of locker room discontent reaching the back pages and social media was frequent last season, undermining officials.
According to Richard Arnold, two of the main sources of these leaks have now left the club.
Ten Hag is currently struggling with his first major disciplinary problem at Cristiano Ronaldo’s club
Ten Hag has already been hit with his first major challenge at United, with Cristiano Ronaldo pushing to walk away.
Ronaldo was due to return to training this week but was put on leave on Monday for family reasons.
However, the Portuguese star still hasn’t shown, and it’s unclear if he will even join the squad on their pre-season tour.