7 Things We Learnt In Erik ten Hag’s First Manchester United Training

Erik ten Hag did yesterday handle his first training as Manchester United training since joining from Ajax

Manchester United can’t wait to kick-start their new era under Erik ten Hag as the Dutch man already held his first training with the squad.

Here are the 7 things Somtosport learnt as the Red Devils excite under the new manager.

A hungry squad happy to work under the new manager

Erik ten Hag joining Man United clearly brought a fresh spirit to the squad and the players are already aligning into the change.

Turning up for training on Monday, all the players looked very ready to go with excitement clouding their minds.

Manchester United are eager to turn the tables after missing out the UEFA Champions League last season and a good start to the season will be helpful.

Erik ten Hag clearly won’t be pushing to win a trophy on his first spell but a top 4 finish is priority for the Dutch man.

Donny Van de Beek, Amad Diallo and Anthony Martial among other loan armies ready to fight for a place

Manchester United player, Amad Diallo during training.

The squad will be very active this time around as every player are ready to contest heavily for the starting place.

Donny Van de Beek who spent last season on loan to Everton has made a return and joined the squad alongside Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo.

Everyone wants to participate in the new project and that’s very healthy for Erik’s first spell as Man United manager.

The manager isn’t in a rush to pick from members of the squad who should be sold as he has decided to take proper evaluation test on each and every member of the squad available before making the tough decision.

Manchester United are knowledged of the strong competition in the league and are ready to do what it takes to return to glory.

Manchester United career lifeline for Phil Jones

Phil Jones is expected to be one of the players to use the door this summer after seeing Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard leave.

Jones is one of the few players who never had enough playing time but all blame goes to his career threatening injury that bed-rid him for long.

Erik ten Hag asked for Jones involvement in the training before deciding on what will be done of his career with Manchester United.

There is a belief the Dutch man could end up using Phil Jones in his squad next season ahead of Harry Maguire who is to impress in order to save his spot.

The squad is currently opened for anyone to cling unto any role in the starting eleven but all depends on how impressed Erik is.

New Philosophy

Clearly it’s not going to be business as usual at Manchester United anymore with the arrival of a high rated manager.

Over the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, Manchester United has slowly slumped from an all-blazing attacking team to a defensive side.

Erik ten Hag fits the profile needed to set Manchester United back to the cultural part of that goal-hungry team.

The first training shows that Manchester United are already taking on the part of achieving this task. Somtosport understands that ten Hag spoke greatly of the importance of outscoring the opponents.

We are definitely expecting lots of goals in the Premier League next season as United hope to turn the tables after finish the 2021/2022 season with no goal difference.

Understanding what’s available before making purchases

From the training yesterday, we have learnt that Manchester United aren’t strong in the summer market yet because Erik ten Hag has decided to first evaluate what’s available before making new purchases.

During negotiation for his arrival, one thing the club board reassured was fully backing ten Hag in the transfer market this summer to help customize his desired squad.

Nothing has changed on this decision, just that things appear little slow just because of the decision ten Hag has made. Although, Man United are already closing in on signing Frankie de Jong who ten Hag views as a very important figure for his rebuilding process at Manchester United.

Not just with the incomings, the outgoings are also considered as Pogba, Lingard and Mata’s departure were long agreed. Manchester United will start listening to offers when they make players available for sale which would be after ten Hag’s evaluation process.

The youngsters are keen to impress Erik ten Hag

No one wants to be sent out on loan again, they are academy graduates because they dream to feature in the first team and working to get to where they dream of is one thing these young Man United players are ready for.

The arrival of a new manager presents equal opportunity to every player in the Manchester United squad, meaning more advantage for the younger versions who will draw the attention of ten Hag even more.

Every manager will be interested to learn the very reason why a younger player was promoted to the squad and that means big boost for the players.

Manchester United player, Zidane Iqbal renews his contract.

Even Zidane Iqbal had his contract renewed today and that’s definitely because there has been a long time plan discussed in his favor.

Alajandro Garnacho who was handed the free time off and allowed to return 2 weeks later from the training start date, is already back and training hard in the squad.

This very spirit existing among the youngsters is a very dangerous one for opponents as this is what actually leads to teams trashing opponents even with their second squad.

Amad Diallo doesn’t wish to return to loan again and ready to do whatever it takes to stay, Andreas Pereira is also expected to stay.

Erik ten Hag building his squad around Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared to be the one Erik ten Hag will be building his squad around after seeing transfer moves for Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland hit fireballs.

The Dutch man is excited to be working with the Portuguese and is keen to make him a core part of his project despite rumors of uncertainties about his future.

Manchester United saw Ronaldo coming through for them in most cases and Erik ten Hag wants to bank on this as a starting point for United before fully transiting into his own made team fully when the attacker is gone.

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