Erik ten Hag is imposing strict timekeeping rules on his Manchester United side to stamp out indiscipline… but the new Red Devils boss is keen for his players to self-monitor too
- Erik ten Hag has vowed to tackle disciplinary problems at Manchester United
- The Dutch coach has imposed a tough new timing policy on his team
- But the 52-year-old is keen on the Red Devils players self-policing as a group
- He also admitted he wasn’t averse to the occasional explosive team chat at half-time
United’s new manager has tough new rules around timing, nutrition and alcohol Consumption after takeover this summer.
“If you want results, you need a team,” he said. “It’s organization, collaboration, and you also need discipline.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has vowed to crack down on poor discipline at the club
“If there is no discipline, you won’t find it on the pitch.
“I’m pretty strict about things like that. I will tell every player what I expect from them. I have high standards because you’re here, you play for Manchester United, so you have to put it on the pitch every day.
“Why don’t you act by your standards? That’s an expectation I have.
The 52-year-old coach introduced a new timing rulebook to improve discipline
He believes his Man United players “did well” in pre-season to adapt to his demands
“I think we did well. The players respond well to the demands we have. I’ve set some standards, we show how we play and I’m happy with that.’
Ten Hag is not averse to the odd half-time rant and says: “It’s a tool that a coach has. Most of the time it will go in a normal behavioral path. Sometimes you have to use all the tools you have.’
However, he is pleased to see United players keeping each other in check. “I think it’s up to the players themselves to be strict with each other because if they want to succeed they have to stick together. Sometimes there is a need for correction.’