Erik Ten Hag Reveals That He Joined Man United Players For Punishment Run
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reveals that he joined his players on a 13.8km punishment run following the 4-0 defeat at Brentford in the Premier League earlier this month.
The Red Devils lost by four clear goals to the Bees on August 13 and were told to report for a training session at Carrington the next day as punishment.
Ten Hag is believed to have instructed his players to run 13.8km, which was the distance further that Brentford had covered as a team during that match.
According to The Athletic, the 52-year-old former Ajax manager did the same distance alongside his squad, as he wanted to send a message of ‘togetherness’ following a tough start to the season.
Man United responded by recording a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the league on Monday, with the 20-time English champions putting in a wonderful performance against their bitter rivals.
According to The Sun, Ten Hag’s decision to take part in the difficult session in the heat saw him earn the respect of his players at the club.
The report claims that the first-team squad were initially annoyed by their manager’s demands but reacted positively when it became clear that the new head coach was also doing the session.
Man United, as a team, covered 18km more against Liverpool than they managed in the four-goal loss to Brentford, and the physical effort played a significant role in their success over Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Speaking after the 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday night, Ten Hag insisted that his side has to “keep humble” and look to build on their first success of the campaign.
“I wanted a different approach, I wanted a different attitude, and that is what they bring on the pitch. That’s what makes me satisfied but it is only the start,” he told reporters.
“We have to keep humble, but I think we can play a bit better if we have a little bit more composure, give an extra pass, we can be much more dangerous, because, as I said, we have good players with good ability, with good spirit and you will act.
“That is what we showed today, in moments, but also when you have to make the game, you have to be better on the ball.
“The demand is for everyone, but also for the manager. We have to deliver. You have obligations to the club, to the fans and it is a massive club with a huge fanbase. We have to deliver that. We have to act as a team and every individual has to give every day their best. That’s the demand for a manager and also for the team.”
Man United are bidding to improve their squad further before the end of the transfer window, with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong still a target alongside Ajax’s Antony and PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo.
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