What Manchester United players can expect during tough pre-season with Erik Ten Hag
Erik ten Hag is set to become Man United’s next manager, so what can the club’s players expect in pre-season this summer?
Manchester United players can expect ‘long days and long hours’ in pre-season with Erik ten Hag in charge.
This season cannot end quick enough for United right now. The campaign has been disastrous — the club has equalled its longest trophy drought for 40 years — and supporters are hoping the appointment of Ten Hag can improve the club’s fortunes.
Ten Hag has been confirmed as United boss, though he’s currently manager of Ajax and his side are on course to become Eredivisie champions this season. Ten Hag will want to end his time in the Netherlands with a trophy, but what should United’s players expect from him this summer?
Ten Hag was Steve McClaren’s assistant at FC Twente and the former England boss — who has been touted for a position in Ten Hag’s backroom staff — has revealed pre-season will be meticulously planned. McClaren also claimed United’s players should expect ‘long days and long hours’ across the summer.
“I never planned it [pre-season] to the detail he [Ten Hag] did,” McClaren told McClaren performance.
“There was no flexibility within it, that’s what you did. There were long days, long hours, a lot of technique work and tactical work.
“But I tell you something, the work was fantastic. What he had built at FC Twente, when I went there, because he started off in the academy and he built his way through. So basically, that club, he built. The philosophy, the culture and the environment.