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Erik ten Hag is taking Man Utd players to Las Vegas for the first time to 'test their discipline'

Erik ten Hag is taking Man Utd players to Las Vegas for the first time to 'test their discipline'

Ten Hag has a plan.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has decided to include a trip to Las Vegas as part of the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

United haven't been stateside since 2018, a visit marred by Jose Mourinho's growing frustration with the Red Devils' hierarchy.

Mourinho used the trip to vent his anger at ex-vice chairman Ed Woodward's failure to sign him a central defender during the transfer window.

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' was gone by the end of that year after failing to get the best out of a squad he took to second a year prior.

It's unlikely Ten Hag's venture to the other side of the pond will end in the same manner. The 52-year-old has impressed since taking over in May, guiding United to fourth in the Premier League table and keeping them in every competition.

United have never visited Las Vegas while in the United States but will play a game at the Allegiant Stadium against an unnamed Premier League rival.

The stadium is home to NFL franchise the Las Vegas Raiders, so it'll be a financial success. According to the Daily Star, Ten Hag is happy to take his players there for another reason.

He wants to test how players will behave in Las Vegas, also known as 'Sin City' and 'The City that Never Sleeps' due to the city's glitz and glamour.

Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where United are hoping to attract new fans. (Image

Ten Hag won't stand for any United players attempting to treat the trip as a holiday. The former Ajax boss is strict, as Marcus Rashford found out last month.

Rashford overslept and missed a team meeting prior to a game away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 25-year-old started the game on the bench as punishment before coming on to score the winner in the second half.

United defender Luke Shaw delved into Ten Hag's methods last month and conceded players were able to get away with whatever they wanted under previous regimes.

Ten Hag has instilled discipline at Old Trafford. (Image

"At a top club like this, it has to be like that," the full-back told BT Sport. "I think that people can't do whatever they want and maybe that's been part of the problem in the past with people getting away with silly little things.

"The manager takes all of that into consideration. Like you've seen today, if you're not keeping the standards high then you won't play."

United return to action against Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening. They enter the game 3-0 up after a dominant victory at the City Ground five days ago.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Footy Renders

Topics: Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag