Erik ten Hag 'tells his Man United stars he will not tolerate big egos

No-nonsense Erik ten Hag ‘tells his Manchester United stars he will NOT tolerate big egos in an email warning to the squad’ – and new boss insists he will ‘replace anyone who doesn’t fall in line with academy kids’

  • Former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has taken over as manager of Man United 
  • He has a big job ahead of him following a terrible campaign for the club 
  • He has outlined what he expects from his players in an email to the squad 

New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has reportedly laid down the law to his players with an email outlining what he is expecting from them under his leadership.

Ten Hag has a huge job ahead of him with United undergoing a summer clear-out following a dismal campaign.

The former Ajax is looking to change the culture at the club, which has not been right since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Erik ten Hag has reportedly laid down the law to his players in the form of an email 

Ten Hag has told the United players to expect a big increase in intensity during training 

And The Sun report that he has begun to do so through an email.

A source told them: ‘The new gaffer sent the first-team players an email, telling them that football is a team game and no individual is more important than any other.

‘His emphasis is all on the team — despite United possessing world class stars. He wants the players to train at a higher intensity so that each session is like a game.

‘The players have been told that their fitness levels will be the best they have ever been and that if they stick with him and back him, they will be fine.

‘If not, they will be out the door. They will be drilled and drilled until they get it right. And if they can’t he’ll replace them with some of the promising youngsters.’

Ten Hag has overseen a clear-out of sorts already at United, with out-of-contract stars such as Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata bidding farewell to Old Trafford.

Ten Hag (left) has brought in Mitchell van der Gaag (centre) and Steve McClaren (right) as his assistants at United – together, they will need to overturn the culture at United

There were several reports United stars disrespected Rangnick and coach Chris Armas (right)

The Dutchman has also arrived with two assistants, in former Old Trafford coach Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag – his No 2 at Ajax.

Together, they will need to enforce a change of culture at United after a season of leaks and rumours of disrespect towards predecessor Ralf Rangnick.

It was claimed in February that some United players refer to Rangnick’s No 2, Chris Armas, as Ted Lasso – the hapless coach in an Apple+ TV series.

There were confusing incidents with players such as Lingard and Anthony Martial, who Rangnick said had made themselves unavailable for matches only for the players themselves to take to social media and deny the claims.

Before leaving, Rangnick said that United need to sign more than three or four players to overturn the team’s fortunes.

Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard are two players who left United when their contracts expired

Rangnick said United need more than three or four signings to get where they want

He told Sky Sports: ‘If you look at the size of the way the team needs to be rebuilt, I mean, it’s not enough to bring in three or four new players. 

‘It will be more, bearing in mind how many players will no longer be here with the contracts running out.’

Ten Hag has yet to make a signing since coming in at United. They have been linked with Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, but the forward looks destined to join United’s rivals, Liverpool, in an £85m deal.

United will play Liverpool in a friendly on July 12, while Ten Hag’s first season at Old Trafford will come into sharper focus next Thursday when the Premier League fixtures for the new season are released. 

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