Manchester United players are facing the consequences of any slip ups in training as new boss Erik ten Hag prepares his squad for their first pre-season matches.
The Red Devils are currently in Bangkok to face Liverpool in their first game under Ten Hag's management on Tuesday. They will then fly out to Australia for outings against Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.
Following a dreadful season last year that saw them finish a disappointing sixth in the Premier League, Ten Hag is using every method available to him to get his players ready. And that includes punishments in training for conceding goals, even in small-sided games.
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United welcomed fans to the Rajamangala National Stadium for an open training session on Monday. And one of the aspects of Ten Hag's style that was spotted was players dropping down to do press-ups if they conceded a goal.
One clip shows Zidane Iqbal scoring against a team containing Fred, Donny van de Beek, Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia, among others. Fred had missed a tackle on Iqbal that allowed the academy star to go through and tuck the ball into the small training goal.
The players on the defending team immediately dropped to the floor to do five press-ups. Ten Hag and one of his coaching staff watched on as the players underwent their punishment before the manager delivered brief instructions.
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The punishment is not unusual, with The Athletic confirming it was dished out whenever a team conceded a goal in the session. Ten Hag has also insisted no conclusions can be drawn from the clash with Liverpool.
"We have just started, some players only one week, so we now have to construct a team, we have to construct a way of playing. So, we are really short in pre-season [so far]. We achieved something but we have to develop a lot more," he said.
"A game against Liverpool is always exciting and we are looking forward to it. As you say, it's a really good test for us. The standard of Manchester United is to win every game so we will start with that in our mind."
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