Erik ten Hag lays down the law at his first Man United training session – telling Rashford, Sancho and Co what he wants and putting them through running drills with assistant Steve McClaren
Erik Ten Hag began a new era for Manchester United on Tuesday morning by taking charge of his first training session as manager.
Having ordered the players to arrive bright an early at Carrington for 9am, the Dutchman orchestrated proceedings on a sunny day at the training complex.
Marcus Rashford was seen deep in conversation with assistant Steve McClaren and a number of key players such as Jadon Sancho were seen being put through their paces.
Erik Ten Hag took charge of his first Manchester United training session on Tuesday
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left), Jadon Sancho (centre) and Victor Lindelof (right) pushed themselves
Steve McClaren (left) was seen deep in conversation with Marcus Rashford during session
Having brought in the former Ajax boss to reverse fortunes at Old Trafford, fans will keenly be observing the 52-year-old’s manner with his inherited squad.
He appeared to be comfortable in his surroundings, seen striding out to the training pitches in the short video posted by the club on social media.
The players were also seen running in a line as the hard graft of pre-season began in earnest.
No doubt Ten Hag has a plan in place to bring the best out of the individuals at his disposal.
Rashford in particular endured an underwhelming campaign last term and supporters know the forward can deliver far more for his boyhood club.
Ten Hag will be looking to start off on the front foot and establish his command of the group
Rashford (left) and Lindelof (right) will be battling hard to make a strong impression
Sir Alex Ferguson was known for his early training sessions and that was mirrored by Ten Hag on Tuesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allowed the players to begin at 10am but the Dutchman wants an earlier wake-up call for his group.
On Tuesday, assistant manager McLaren, who also worked with Ferguson at Old Trafford, was one of the first to show up by arriving at 7.45am.
Ten Hag was driven into Carrington just after 8am, while it’s said that all players who have returned for pre-season were at the training complex before 9am.
Tom Heaton (left) and Zidane Iqbal of Manchester United compete for the ball in training
Ten Hag will be formulating opinions on which players he can rely on next season
Ten Hag is also keen to foster a positive team spirit in the Red Devils dressing room and as a result has insisted that the squad must eat together and socialise after training.
Ferguson made similar demands during his 26-year tenure at the club, but this culture has since evaporated within the camp.
In an effort to prioritise on-ball drills during the opening sessions, Ten Hag has also reportedly told his staff to trim the grass to exactly 15mm, so that the players can quickly get up to speed with his passing demands.
United are still yet to make a major move in the transfer market but a deal for Barcelona and Holland midfielder Frenkie de Jong is nearing completion.
Ten Hag left Ajax with a glowing reputation having overachieved with the club in Europe
Sportsmail sources have indicated an agreement between United and Barcelona for the Holland star is ’90 per cent’ complete with just the finer details of the deal left to finalise.
It is understood United will pay around an initial £55million to the Spanish club for De Jong. That fee could rise close to £70m.
De Jong’s addition would provide a welcome boost to the squad and perhaps trigger further moves in the market with Ajax forward Anthony another target.
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