Erik ten Hag lays down the law in his first Man United training session – telling Rashford, Sancho and Co what he wants and putting them through drills with assistant Steve McClaren
- Erik ten Hag was filmed taking charge of Manchester United’s first training session
- Assistant Steve McClaren was seen deep in conversation with Marcus Rashford
- Jadon Sancho and a number of other key players set to work under Dutchman
- Ten Hag orders United players to report for training at Carrington by 9am
Erik Ten Hag ushered in a new era for Manchester United on Tuesday morning when he took charge of his first training session as manager.
After ordering the players to arrive at Carrington very early for 9am, the Dutchman orchestrated the procedure on a sunny day at the training complex.
Marcus Rashford was seen deep in conversation with assistant Steve McClaren and a number of key players such as Jadon Sancho were seen being put through their paces.
Erik Ten Hag took charge of his first training session at Manchester United on Tuesday
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left), Jadon Sancho (centre) and Victor Lindelof (right) pushed each other
Steve McClaren (left) was seen deep in conversation with Marcus Rashford during the session
After bringing in the former Ajax boss to turn things around at Old Trafford, fans will be watching closely how the 52-year-old plays with his legacy squad.
He seemed comfortable in his surroundings, seen heading to the training grounds in the short video posted by the club on social media.
Players were also seen racing online as the tough pre-season transplant got underway in earnest.
There’s no doubt that Ten Hag has a plan in place to get the most out of the individuals at his disposal.
Rashford in particular endured a disappointing campaign last term and supporters know the striker can offer much more to his boyhood club.
Ten Hag will look to get off to a good start and establish his command of the group
Rashford (left) and Lindelof (right) will fight to make an impression
Sir Alex Ferguson was known for his early training sessions and that was reflected by Ten Hag on Tuesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cleared the players to start at 10 a.m. but the Dutchman wants an earlier wake-up call for his squad.
On Tuesday, the McLaren assistant manager, who also worked with Ferguson at Old Trafford, was one of the first to show up, arriving at 7.45am.
Ten Hag was driven to Carrington just after 8am, while it is said that all the players who returned for pre-season were at the training complex before 9am.
Manchester United’s Tom Heaton (left) and Zidane Iqbal battle for the ball in training
Ten Hag to advise on players he can rely on next season
Ten Hag is also keen to foster a positive team spirit in the Red Devils dressing room and as a result has insisted that the squad should eat together and socialize after training.
Ferguson made similar demands during his 26 years at the club, but that culture has since evaporated within the side.
In an effort to prioritize drills on the ball in opening sessions, Ten Hag also reportedly told his staff to cut the grass to exactly 15mm, so players could quickly catch up on his demands of overtaking.
United are yet to make a big move in the transfer market, but a deal for Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong is nearing completion.
Ten Hag left Ajax with a glowing reputation after exceeding expectations with the club in Europe
Sportsmail sources have reported that a deal between United and Barcelona for the Dutch star is ’90 per cent’ complete, with just the finer details of the deal yet to be finalised.
It is understood that United will pay the Spanish club around £55million for De Jong. These costs could reach almost £70 million.
The addition of De Jong would give the squad a welcome boost and perhaps spark further moves in the market with Ajax striker Anthony another target.