Erik Ten Hag Was Followed By Cameras In Manchester United Training And It's A Fascinating Watch
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New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was followed by cameras in pre-season training and his intensity is unmatched.
Ten Hag and his squad are currently in Bangkok for the first leg of United's pre-season tour and they took part in an open training session on Monday.
Members of the media were allowed access and what was clear to see was ten Hag's attention to detail and passion.
The 52-year-old watched his players with a keen eye and pointed out any mistakes or lapses of concentration.
Even those on the opposite side of the pitch were not safe. Ten Hag spotted Marcus Rashford out wide and pointed both fingers to his head, as if he was saying to use his brain.
He makes a point of telling his midfielders to be 'more compact' and gives Charlie Savage a reassuring slap to the chest. Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes can be seen listening on intently.
Fernandes clearly worked up a sweat and looked shattered while signing autographs at the end of the session.
Ten Hag is desperate to instil a new style of play at Old Trafford after United slumped to a sixth place finish in the Premier League last season.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim manager Ralf Rangnick, the Red Devils recorded 58 points - their lowest-ever points tally.
It means they missed out on Champions League qualification and a number of players were allowed to depart as free agents.
Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani all left as did reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant.
So far, Tyrell Malacia is the only arrival but Christian Eriksen is expected to sign at some point in the next week.
Eriksen is a free agent after leaving Brentford and he has verbally agreed to a three-year deal.
Discussions continue with Barcelona about a deal for Frenkie de Jong and it is said this week will be key.
De Jong worked with ten Hag at Ajax between 2017 and 2019 and will be a vital part of his system.
United chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough were pictured in Barcelona on Monday afternoon as the club attempt to finalise a transfer.
A €55 million deal was agreed last month, but is being held up by the wage deferral de Jong agreed to in 2020.