Ten Hag makes Man United flops run eight-and-a-half miles in 30C heat on a scheduled rest day after a 4-0 humbling… amid concerns that Ronaldo’s mood have a negative effect on the dressing room
- Manchester United players were supposed to have a day off on Sunday
- However, they were called in for extra training after being thrashed by Brentford
- Erik ten Hag forced the players to run eight and a half miles
- This was after Brentford outscored them by that number of miles
- There are concerns that Cristiano Ronaldo’s mood is affecting morale at the club
Erik ten Hag took his Manchester United failings for extra training on Sunday after their horror 4-0 defeat at Brentford.
After branding the performance “rubbish”, the furious United boss canceled a planned day off and ordered the players to report to the club’s training base in Carrington.
Ten Hag punished his team for running a total of eight and a half miles less than Brentford by making them cover the same distance yesterday in temperatures in the 30s. Sports mail understands United’s coaching staff’s concerns about the effort put in by some players in training last week were justified by their pathetic performance at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Erik ten Hag had his Manchester United players train on his day off on Sunday
The club is concerned that Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude affects his teammates
Although Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be training well, he exchanged words with Ten Hag’s No.2 Steve McClaren at the final whistle after refusing to applaud the traveling United fans, and there is a feeling that the his mood is having a negative effect in the locker room.
However, United have rejected suggestions that Ronaldo’s contract could be terminated and reiterated that he is staying at the club.
Ten Hag decided to suppress his underachieving stars. He arrived early yesterday before leading an inquest into the latest humiliation.
The thrashing at Brentford followed an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford on the opening weekend.
Ten Hag is the first United manager in over a century to lose his first two games. United, 20-time champions of England, fell to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Ten Hag is the first United manager in over 100 years to lose his first two games
Worryingly, the next game is at home to arch-rivals Liverpool who won 5-0 on their last visit to Old Trafford in October. More protests against the club’s owners are expected for this game as United teeter on the brink of a full-blown crisis. Ten Hag will use Saturday’s defeat to step up their demands for new signings before the transfer window closes on September 1.
He then admitted that United desperately need to strengthen, but are still waiting for a defensive midfielder and a striker.
‘We need new players. We need quality players,” he said. “We are working on that and will do everything we can to convince them to come.”
United are hoping to complete a deal worth £15.2m and £19m for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot. Director of football John Murtough will continue talks with the Frenchman’s mother and agent Veronique today.
United are optimistic they will sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus to improve their midfield
Sources insist the signing would not mark the end of United’s pursuit of top target Frenkie de Jong, although the Dutchman is believed to favor joining Chelsea if he leaves Barcelona.
De Jong would cost more than £70m, but a significant chunk of that money could be used to buy a forward if the deal falls through.
Having considered Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic at £15m, United could pay more for PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo at £35m. They have also been offered Alvaro Morata from Atlético de Madrid and Mauro Icardi from Paris Saint-Germain.
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