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What Erik ten Hag has told his Manchester United stars about the ban on “passing sideways and backwards”

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‘No lateral or backward passes, locker room cliques need to go and you need to get fitter’: what Erik ten Hag has told his Manchester United stars as the Dutchman makes drastic changes during the first week of pre-season

  • New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has laid down some new rules
  • The 52-year-old has banned backward passes and locker room cliques.
  • The threat of younger players replacing veterans in the team was also made clear.
  • He wants to recover offensive football and impressed players in training

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

The Dutchman has vowed to bring back the attacking football that made the likes of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson so successful at Old Trafford, and has already made his stance clear on what he expects from his players.

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

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

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

Around 15 players have returned to Manchester United training this week for pre-season

Around 15 players have returned to Manchester United training this week for pre-season

The 52-year-old reportedly informed his players:

  • He will not tolerate lateral and backward passes and, in training, will substitute players who do not pass forward.
  • Last season’s locker room cliques will cease to exist
  • Medals and salary are irrelevant in team selection – training performance is the focus
  • Young players will replace veterans if they impress in training
  • Players must improve their physical condition and eradicate ‘unacceptable’ body language

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

Other players, such as Marcus Rashford and Jason Sancho, did not accept caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick’s approach and the England duo lost their places in the international squad as a result.

But ten Hag has been using potential World Cup spots as motivation for players to get back into form.

Although several international players will not return until Monday, around 15 players have been training at Carrington.

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

Marcus Rashford has seen a big drop in form of late

Jadon Sancho still fails to live up to hype after his big money move last summer

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

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

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

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

Despite the current lack of quality, ten Hag and number two Steve McClaren are also thought to have been encouraging in the sessions.

If the poor quality persists, ten Hag won’t be afraid to play some of the younger players in the places of the older players.

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

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

Cristiano Ronaldo will return on Monday, who has left the club speechless asking them to let him go

Cristiano Ronaldo will return on Monday, who has left the club speechless asking them to let him go

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

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

His agent, Jorge Mendes, has been talking to clubs like Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Napoli over the last few weeks to see if there is a market for his client, but there is no deal as it stands.

So United are reportedly expecting him to travel on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia when they take off this week.

New boss ten Hag is indifferent to the Portuguese staying on his squad

New boss ten Hag is indifferent to the Portuguese staying on his squad

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