McClaren: Man United assistant manager reveals Erik ten Hag’s plans to make the club successful again

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Steve McClaren has returned to Manchester United as Erik ten Hag’s assistant.

The former England manager was No 2 to Sir Alex Ferguson when Manchester United won the treble in 1999.

McClaren has revealed Ten Hag and the coaching staff intend to change the culture at the club to get Manchester United firing again.

“These are the things that we need to do, things like we all need to connect with each other,” McClaren explained to his son on their McClaren Performance podcast.

“Games are won Monday to Friday, if you get Monday to Friday right, games are won on Saturday. Each and everyone has to bring energy.”

“Pochettino (former Tottenham boss) talks about creating the culture, if no one brought energy he got them out, they had to bring some kind of energy to the group,” he added.

McClaren also revealed negative energy will also be looked down upon under the new regime at Old Trafford.

He insists under Ten Hag, players will be expected to focus on winning the ball off the opposition rather than react with frustration.

‘You have to be ready, have to be ready to train, you have to be ready to play, ready to impact as a sub, you have to react,” McClaren continued.

“A lot of people now, body language arms up in the air, you’ve got to react to get that ball back, win that ball back, whatever situation, react quick don’t think about it.”

McClaren insists there will be no hiding away from poor performances especially if there has not been a full commitment shown.

“You’ve got to accept the rules, the conditions, you’ve got to accept the consequences if you do things wrong. You’ve got to commit, you’ve got to be a class act,” McClaren said.

“You’ve got to be a class act, especially in today’s football.”

McClaren reveals he intends to bring back a key ingredient to success from Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge of the club.

He believes a key approach is laying down unofficial rules that players can collectively buy into and trusted to follow, which was carried out by previous stars such as Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and many more under his first spell at the club.

He added: “When I first went to Manchester United there was hardly any rules but what they did; they did the right things and if they didn’t do the right things they owned it and they suffered the consequences and accepted the consequences.

“And I think if you’ve got those non-negotiables around that then you can’t go wrong.”

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