August 16, 2022

‘No sideways or back passes, dressing room cliques have to go and you have to be fitter’: What Erik ten Hag told his Manchester United stars as the Dutchman makes drastic changes during the match first week of pre-season

  • New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has set new rules
  • The 52-year-old banned back passes and locker room cliques
  • The threat of young players replacing senior squad players has also been made clear
  • He wants to bring attacking football and impressed players back to training

New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has already laid down a strict set of footballing rules as he continues to try to turn around Manchester United’s dismal situation.

The Dutchman is committed to bringing back the attacking football that made Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson so successful at Old Trafford, and has already made his position clear on what he expects from his players.

Ten Hag met his players for the first time on Monday and, according to The Sun, plans to transform the club’s philosophy with strict instructions and regulations for his team.

Erik ten Hag established a new set of ground rules in his first week in charge at Old Trafford

Around 15 players are back in Manchester United training this week for pre-season

Around 15 players are back in Manchester United training this week for pre-season

The 52-year-old reportedly informed his players:

  • He will not tolerate side and back passes and, in training, will replace players who do not pass forward.
  • Locker room cliques from last season will be no more
  • Medals and salary are irrelevant in team selection – training performance is the focus
  • Young players will replace senior players if they impress in training
  • Players must improve their physical condition and eradicate ‘unacceptable’ body language

The move comes after senior players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes publicly criticized former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactical ability.

Other players, such as Marcus Rashford and Jason Sancho, subsequently failed to embrace caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick’s approach and the English duo lost their place in the international squad as a result.

But ten Hag used potential World Cup berths as motivation for players to get back into shape.

Although several international players will not be back until Monday, around 15 players have trained at Carrington.

But those involved were reportedly impressed with the former Ajax coach’s methods and the level of detail involved in his sessions.

Marcus Rashford has been in a huge dip in form lately

Jadon Sancho has yet to live up to expectations after his big money move last summer

Marcus Rashford (left) and Jadon Sancho (right) have both lost their places in the England squad

Steve McClaren is back at Manchester United and working closely with ten Hag in training

Steve McClaren is back at Manchester United and working closely with ten Hag in training

It is suggested that the fast-paced style of play imposed on the group made players listen, with the ultimate goal of wearing down defenses.

It is also believed that despite the current lack of quality, ten Hag and number two Steve McClaren were encouraging in the sessions.

If the poor quality persists, ten Hag will not be afraid to play some of the young players instead of the senior players.

Winger Alejandro Garnacho and midfielder Hannibal Mejbri, who both had a taste of first-team football last season, have already impressed the new manager.

But Monday will see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who stunned the club by asking them to let him go.

Monday will see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who stunned the club asking them to let him go

Monday will see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who stunned the club asking them to let him go

The 37-year-old has been unhappy for seven months and has asked to leave if a suitable offer comes along.

United insist he is not for sale and have stressed he is under contract for another year, although new boss ten Hag is indifferent to the Portuguese staying, hoping his departure will help finance other transfers.

His agent, Jorge Mendes, has spoken to clubs including Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Napoli in recent weeks to test if there is a market for his client, but no deal is in place as it stands. things.

United would therefore expect him to travel on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia when they fly out this week.

New boss Ten Hag is indifferent to whether the Portuguese stays in his squad

New boss Ten Hag is indifferent to whether the Portuguese stays in his squad

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