A Los Angeles sports science doctor says Erik ten Hag risked injury to his Manchester United players by making them run 13.8 kilometers in the heat on their day off.
Sportsmail reported how a furious Ten Hag made his team go the exact distance Brentford overcame his team as the Bees thrashed United 4-0 late in Saturday’s game, the weekend’s shock result of the Premier League.
The Dutchman scrapped the Red Devils’ planned day off in order to unleash his anger on the team, but according to Dr Rajpal Brar, he has risked doing more harm than good to his players.
Responding to reports early on on Twitter, Brar said: “If true, I’m guessing the sports science and physical therapist staff intervened. That’s how players get into the red zone and/or get injured.”
The “red zone” is when an athlete reaches 90-100 percent of their maximum heart rate, meaning they are also at maximum effort and exertion.
And later, speaking to Sportsmail, Dr Brar expanded on his thoughts: “In terms of rest/recovery and risk of injury, think of your body as a bucket.”
“Activity adds water to the bucket, while rest and recovery remove it. With the wrong balance of the two, the bucket will overflow (or at the other end, dry out, which you also don’t want).
Erik ten Hag ruled out Manchester United’s planned day off after their 4-0 defeat at Brentford
Ten Hag made United team run 13.8km – how much Brentford outscored them in defeat
Responding to the reports, Dr Rajpal Brar said that Ten Hag has risked injuring players
Dr. Brar said the Ten Hag punishment could catch up with the players in later games
“Playing in a high-profile football game adds significantly to that bucket and adding another race day the next day, there’s a reason it was a scheduled rest day, can lead to that overflow and a risk potential for injury. Maybe not during the session, but in the following games. The “red zone” is essentially that state of high fatigue and high risk of injury.
“The activity and physical/mental state of elite footballers is closely monitored by sports science and medical teams for a reason, and training programmes, line-up decisions etc. s ‘adapt to their environment’.
Ten Hag arrived at United’s Carrington training base early on Sunday to put the United squad on the pitch before leading an inquiry into the Brentford result.
The temperature was 30C in Manchester on Sunday – 86 Fahrenheit.
But Ten Hag must find answers to his team’s awful play, and fast. United face fierce rivals Liverpool next Monday, August 22 at Old Trafford and Jurgen Klopp’s side beat United 5-0 last season.
There have been concerns about the standard at which United have been training in recent weeks and those concerns were exacerbated by Saturday’s crushing defeat which leaves United bottom of the Premier League table.
There are also fears that Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude will have a negative impact.
Although 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 at Brentford. There is a feeling that his mood is having a negative effect in the dressing room.
However, United have rejected suggestions that Ronaldo’s contract could be terminated and have reiterated that he is staying at the club.
It comes after the season started with a 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford and Ten Hag is now the first United manager in over a century to lose his opening two games.
He was visibly furious with his team’s performance on Saturday night.
‘It’s rubbish, and it’s poor. We need higher standards than that, that’s clear,” he said BeIN Sports.
“We have to deliver and we didn’t. We have to change, that’s clear.
’35 minutes conceding four goals. It is not possible. The team must take responsibility. I feel so sorry for the fans. We let them down.’
There are concerns about Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude and his impact on the United dressing room
Ten Hag lost his first two games as United manager and it doesn’t get any easier with Liverpool next
Club bosses have so far failed in their attempts to hand their new manager the players he has asked for in the summer transfer window, with the hunt for Frenkie de Jong still ongoing.
United legend Rio Ferdinand defended Ten Hag on Saturday night but said United’s pursuit of De Jong bordered on begging.
He said: “I’m not sorry for the players, I’m sorry for Ten Hag,” said Ferdinand. ‘He is making false pretenses. New signings are expected.
“He’s probably sitting there thinking, ‘I’ve been sold a dummy here. I didn’t know I’d get into this.” Confidence, I know, would be low.
“He knew it, but he thought: ‘I can rebuild it’, but obviously the players are not at the level required. Simple as that.’
Regarding the pursuit of De Jong, Ferdinand said: “We are almost going out of our way for this player.
“For three months in the transfer window, with the cap off our claim, ‘please come to us, please come to us.’
United are last in the Premier League standings and are already in crisis after two games
“They walked behind him, begging him (de Jong), ‘please turn around and watch us, please turn around and watch us.’ And he looks around and says” not for me.”
‘And we’re still there; “Please give us a chance.” How are we putting ourselves in this position? How are we allowing ourselves to be put in such a position?
“Do you think Klopp or Pep or Sir Alex or Jose would follow a player like that? They wouldn’t!’
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