Ten Hag makes Man United flops run eight-and-a-half MILES in 30C heat on a scheduled day off after 4-0 humbling… amid concerns Ronaldo’s mood is having a negative effect on the dressing room
- Manchester United’s players were due to have a day off on Sunday
- However, they were called in for extra training after being thrashed by Brentford
- The players were made to run eight-and-a-half miles by Erik ten Hag
- This was after they were out-run by Brentford by this number of miles
- There are concerns that Cristiano Ronaldo’s mood is affecting morale at the club
Erik ten Hag hauled his Manchester United flops in for extra training on Sunday in the wake of their horror show 4-0 defeat at Brentford.
After calling the performance ‘rubbish’, the furious United boss cancelled a planned day off and ordered the players to report to the club’s Carrington training base.
Ten Hag punished his team for running a total of eight-and-a-half miles less than Brentford by making them cover the same distance on Sunday in temperatures of over 30 degrees. Sportsmail understands that concerns among United’s coaching staff over the effort put in by some players in training last week were justified by their pathetic performance at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Erik ten Hag made his Manchester United players train on their day off on Sunday
There are concerns at the club that Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude is affecting his team-mates
Although Cristiano 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 United’s travelling fans, and there is a feeling that his mood is having a negative effect on the dressing room.
However, United have dismissed suggestions that Ronaldo’s contract could be cancelled, and reiterated that he is staying at the club.
Ten Hag decided to crack down on his under-achieving stars. He arrived early on Sunday before leading an inquest into the latest humiliation.
The thrashing at Brentford followed an embarrassing 2-1 defeat by Brighton at Old Trafford on the opening weekend.
Ten Hag is the first United manager in over a century to lose his first two games. United, the 20-time champions of England, sank to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Ten Hag is the first United manager in over 100 years to lose his first two matches
Worryingly, the next fixture is at home against arch-rivals Liverpool who won 5-0 on their last visit to Old Trafford in October. Further protests against the club’s owners are planned for that game as United teeter on the brink of a full-blown crisis. Ten Hag will use Saturday’s defeat to step up his demands for new signings before the transfer window closes on September 1.
He acknowledged afterwards that United desperately need to strengthen, but is still waiting for a defensive midfielder and a forward.
‘We need new players. We need quality players,’ he said. ‘We are working on that and we’ll do everything to convince them to come.’
United are hopeful of completing a deal worth £15.2million rising to £19m for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot. Football director John Murtough is set to continue talks with the Frenchman’s mother and agent Veronique on Monday.
United are optimistic that they will sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus to improve their midfield
Sources insist that signing would not mean the end of United’s pursuit of top target Frenkie de Jong even though the Dutchman is thought to favour joining Chelsea if he leaves Barcelona.
De Jong would cost in excess of £70m but a significant portion of that money could be used to buy a forward if the deal falls through.
Having considered Stuttgart’s £15m-rated striker Sasa Kalajdzic, United would be able to pay more for the likes of PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo at £35m. They have also been offered Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Mauro Icardi of Paris Saint-Germain.