In the aftermath of Manchester United’s worst season in recent memory, new head coach Erik ten Hag has put together a set of rules to whip the squad back into shape.
Contrary to the belief of those who questioned him, the Dutchman has arrived at Old Trafford with a bang. He is already proving he has the minerals to take on one of the hardest jobs in world football, before United have even played a competitive game under him.
Despite facing an uphill battle, Ten Hag tried his damndest to make his mark. The 52-year-old has already signed Christian Eriksen, and Tyrell Malacia. There is the likelihood of more incomings, with United trying to get a deal for Frenkie de Jong over the line.
They have also recorded pre-season victories over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, before their tour of Australia even began, Ten Hag gave his current players a ‘dressing down’ for failing to organise their training bibs into a neat pile – showing that he wants every detail covered.
In addition, the new boss has set the guidelines his players need to follow if they want to make the team.
Erik ten Hag sets five rules
According to The Sun, the three-time Eredivisie winner wants his squad to play progressive football. Thus far into his training sessions, those who have passed backwards or sideways have had to leave the pitch.
Secondly, with fitness being a core issue among the squad, Ten Hag has demanded that the players work harder. The new head coach has also banned negative body language, reportedly calling last season’s body language ‘unacceptable’.
Last season, reports emerged last season of dressing room cliques. The managerial maestro wants the team to come together as a collective. In addition, he also has no problem bringing in youth players if he feels they’re up for the challenge.
Finally, Ten Hag has little interest in prior reputation. According to The Mirror, he’s let the players know that regardless of what they’ve achieved in the past, it means nothing from now on in terms of team selection, with the sole focus being on training performances. Fans will hope there is a trophy or two included in his vision.
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