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Erik ten Hag dropped a player from one of Man United’s pre-season games after being late

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REVEALED: Erik ten Hag ‘dropped a player from one of Manchester United’s tour games after being TWICE late for team meetings’… with strict Dutchman punishing star and demanding punctuality

  • Erik ten Hag reportedly dropped Man United star from plans on tour
  • Anonymous player was twice late for team meetings and was therefore dropped
  • United’s new manager has introduced tough new timing rules
  • David De Gea and Bruno Fernandes hailed the Dutchman’s new methods

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Erik ten Hag is said to have dropped a Manchester United star from his plans for the club’s pre-season tour after twice showing up late to team meetings.

The Dutchman made an impressive start to life at United with a near-perfect record during his 18-day tour of Thailand and Australia during pre-season.

Players seem to have mastered its strict methods already, after one individual was set an example during the trip.

Erik ten Hag dropped a player from one of Man United’s tour games after being late twice

The Dutchman has had an impressive start to life at United with a near-perfect record on tour

The Dutchman has had an impressive start to life at United with a near-perfect record on tour

United’s new head coach introduced rules around timing, nutrition and alcohol consumption after taking over in the summer.

During the trip, an anonymous player was twice late for team meetings. Although part of Ten Hag’s plans for an upcoming friendly in Australia, the individual was dropped as punishment, according to The Athletic.

The former Ajax boss even vowed he would crack down on discipline within the Red Devils squad.

New United manager ten Hag has introduced tough new timing rules

New United manager ten Hag has introduced tough new timing rules

“When you want to get results, you need a team,” he said. “It’s organization, cooperation, and also discipline.

“When there’s no discipline, you won’t find it on the pitch either.”

“I am quite severe on these matters. I will tell each player what I expect of them. I have high demands because you’re here, you play for Manchester United, so you have to take him to the pitch every day.

‘Why don’t you act according to your standards? It is an expectation that I have.

“I think we did well. The players respond well to the requests we have. I set standards, we introduce our way of playing and I’m happy with that.

The Dutchman previously vowed he would crack down on discipline in the Red Devils squad

The Dutchman previously vowed he would crack down on discipline in the Red Devils squad

Ten Hag’s strict rules and new ways of playing have won praise from many members of the team, including longtime goalkeeper David De Gea.

“We needed a better football culture, to think only about football, nothing else,” said De Gea when asked about his new manager’s philosophy.

“Of course you can’t be late. People who work in their job, you can’t be late. So I think you can’t be late for training, we can’t be late for meetings. That’s life, you have to be punctual and professional.

Ten Hag's strict rules and methods have earned praise from players such as David De Gea

Ten Hag’s strict rules and methods have earned praise from players such as David De Gea

Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes fully agrees with the bad timing penalty.

‘I think we missed that [discipline] for a while and I think the way I see discipline is important.

“For me, discipline is not only the way you play on the pitch, the position you have, what you have to do, it’s also off the pitch.

“Don’t be late for meetings, don’t be late for meals. I think it’s really important because if everyone is on time and someone is late, they should be punished.

“I think it’s really good that he [Ten Hag] did that and, for me, it’s amazing because I like to be on time so I won’t have any problems with that.

Star midfielder Bruno Fernandes totally agrees with bad timing penalty

Star midfielder Bruno Fernandes totally agrees with bad timing penalty

United will face Atletico Madrid in Oslo on Saturday after returning from their tour of Australia and Thailand.

The Red Devils face Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford just 24 hours later, with Ten Hag having to name two separate starting XIs to give everyone much-needed playing time.

Both games will see the new boss give new signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen a chance to shine ahead of the new Premier League season.

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