Backwards and sidewards passes won’t be tolerated – Ten Hag reveals 5 things he expects from Manchester United players

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has revealed the five things he expects from his Manchester United players.

Ten Hag, who met the Manchester United players for the first time on Monday, has already laid out precisely what he expects from the players.

Ten Hag expects Manchester United to play attacking football next season and has banned the players from making sideways and backwards passes, according to The Sun.

Here are the five things Ten Hag revealed he expects from his players:

1) He will not tolerate sideways and backwards passing — subbing off players in training who do NOT play forward.

2) Players must improve on their fitness and ‘unacceptable’ body language from last term.

3) Dressing-room cliques are to be totally eradicated.

4) Youngsters will get their chance to impress and oust senior players.

5) Mega-money stars’ medal hauls and salaries count for nothing in his selection plans, only training performances.

A Manchester United source told The Sun: “There has been a lot of attention on one- and two-touch passing drills where players must try to go forward.

“If they go sideways or backwards too often he stops the game and the player is taken off for a minute or two.”

The source added: “It is just the start, but the players are tuned in.

“When he speaks, everyone — absolutely everyone — listens.

“The training sessions have been tough but they are also enjoyable.

“Plenty of one-touch, two-touch, quick football and forward-thinking play.  He tells them that the best form of defence is possession.

“He wants to tire out the opponents by keeping the ball and moving it quickly.

“The quality isn’t there just yet because it’s early in the pre-season.

“Plus, it requires a lot of practice to build up the levels of quality needed for such a strategy.

“Some players have struggled with their touch and their passes but Ten Hag and the rest of the coaching staff have been encouraging.

“Lots of the players had a really bad end to the season and then it’s tough to relax and unwind over the summer as they are frustrated. 

“Some weren’t looking forward to coming back because the dressing-room mood has been bad, but that fog has lifted and they are enjoying themselves again.

“There is a spring in everyone’s step and they feel united.”

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  1. Wilberforce wesonga | July 3, 2022 at 6:59 pm |

    We Hope for the best

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