ERIK TEN HAG ordered his players to Carrington for an EXTRA training session on Sunday to run 13.8 kilometers (8.5 miles), the difference in distance covered by Brentford in their Premier League thrashing.
The Red Devils were embarrassed by the Bees, who stunned the tactical Dutch team to make it 4-0 after just 35 minutes.
Former Ajax manager Ten Hag was “horrified” by his side’s performance and let them know they had let down everyone associated with the club.
And in a brutal interview with beIN Sports he hit back at his charges after the shock defeat.
He said: “It’s pretty clear. It’s rubbish. It’s poor and we need higher standards than that.
“I can come up with a number of things, but that sounds like excuses. And that’s not at the top that we have to deliver and we didn’t.”
Following the result, Ten Hag ordered his players to report for duty today, on what was supposed to be their day off, according to the Sky Sports reporter. Kaveh Solhekol.
Solhekol tweeted: “Erik ten Hag wanted the Manchester United players to run 13.8 kilometers (8.5 miles) during their drills in today’s extra training session. The Brentford players ran 13.8 miles more than they did yesterday. Distance covered yesterday: Brentford 109.4 km United 95.6 km .”
He continued: “Ten Hag appalled by Man United’s performance against Brentford. It made it clear that the players have let down everyone associated with the club. It’s non-negotiable that you’re prepared to run through brick walls when you play United. Too much players. seems to be afraid to play for United.”
As we previously reported, the strict Ten Hag has already laid out precisely what he expects from players in a five-step plan.
The 52-year-old will not tolerate sideways and backwards passes, replacing players in training who do NOT play forwards.
The players must improve their physical condition and their “unacceptable” body language from the last term.
Locker room cliques must be totally eradicated.
The youngsters will have a chance to impress and send off the senior players.
While the medals and salaries of the big money stars count for nothing in their selection plans, only training performances do.
Ten Hag’s disciplined stance was seen in a clip that went viral on social media, when the club toured Australia during their pre-season tour.
In a training session he was seen pulling on young Zidane Iqbal who was not listening to instructions.
“Keep the ball on the ground! Zidane! Hey! Keep the ball on the ground,” shouted Ten Hag. “F*****g trash!”
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