January 14, The Times Manchester famous reporter Paul Hirst (T1
.5) Write a column titled – How Erik ten Hag’s methods have transformed Manchester United
(The following is an excerpt from the column)
The change in mentality that Ten Hag demanded when he took over has come into play, with improved discipline and an improved understanding of his tactics.
Most importantly, high-priced new signings such as Martinez and Casemiro have settled down and adapted to the team.
One of the “rules” ten Hag often refers to is that players have to accept him and his methods.
If you don’t, you get kicked out, which is why Cristiano Ronaldo was expelled from the club.
Contrary to what some believe, ten Hag worked very hard to keep Ronaldo at the club ahead of the Portuguese’s controversial Talk TV interview.
(Contrary to what some may believe, Ten Hag worked hard to keep Ronaldo at the club before the Portuguese conducted his controversial Talk TV interview.)
The two held numerous meetings, with Ten Hag (T0) constantly trying to convince Ronaldo to stay and be part of his squad.
He respected Ronaldo, but Ronaldo would not accept the role ten Hag had arranged for him, so when the opportunity came to leave Manchester United, he accepted his controversial TV interview.
(The pair held numerous meetings in which Ten Hag tried to persuade Ronaldo to stay and be part of his squad. He was respectful towards Ronaldo, but he would not accept the role that Ten Hag un the ar ophwim lined up for
to ditch the 37-year-old after his controversial Talk TV interview, he did.)
Ten Hag’s message about discipline has also started to get through to the players.
He and his coaches believe that if you have a slack attitude on the training ground, it will affect your performance on the pitch, so no slack is allowed.
Anyone arriving late to training or team meetings will be left out of the starting lineup, as Rashford found out after paying the price a fortnight ago.
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No one in the Manchester United cafeteria celebrates food guidance, there is no complacency inside, only calm and self-confidence