‘It’s a strange season’ – Erik ten Hag reveals plans for Manchester United players not going to the World Cup

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has revealed his plans for Manchester United players not going to the World Cup.

“It’s a strange season. It’s not like usual as we have a World Cup but also players will stay behind,” Ten Hag told the club’s official website.

“We have to train them during those six weeks and we have to give them the right programme so they stay in the right fitness levels, but also they stay in the right shape and also in the team style.

“We made a programme to do that, as optimum as possible. So, we will train here [at Carrington] for one week, or eight or nine days, and then we will have a short break. Then we will train and go to Spain for a training camp for one week.

“There, we can train proper. We have good opponents over there so we can get the game practice in as well. Then we will return, ready for the second stage of the season, I would say, but a long stage, longer than usual.”

Manchester United will face La Liga outfit Cadiz CF on Wednesday, December 7 (8pm) at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium, with one more friendly to be confirmed that week.