Since taking over as Manchester United's manager in May as the Red Devils pursue a coveted Champions League position, Erik ten Hag has had quite the impact on the club.
The 52-year-tenure old's at United got off to a horrible start as they lost their first two Premier League games and finished last in the standings after giving up six goals in the process. However, since Ten Hag issued his team a harsh penalty following the 4-0 loss at Brentford, the Red Devils have only become better.
Grueling run after Brenford defeat
The day after the match at the Brentford Community Stadium, Ten Hag forced his entire team to run a grueling 13.9 kilometers, but it was a strategy that proved successful. Following their 1-0 victory over Wolves on Saturday, the Red Devils have won 10 of their previous 14 league games and are in a great position to contend for a top-four spot.
However, the Dutchman has had to make a few more brutal choices along the way, such as how he handled the Cristiano Ronaldo problem. Here are other guidelines that Ten Hag has given his players and how he has put them into practice in light of that.
As soon as he established his ground rules, Ten Hag allegedly told his players that they would be benched if they arrived late for practice or team meetings. And the former Ajax manager expertly displayed his influence in the locker room by benching an in-form Marcus Rashford for the trip to Wolves despite the fact that he had scored in his previous two games. Prior to the Red Devils' match at Molineux on December 31, the 25-year-old overslept and arrived late to a squad meeting. As a result, he was benched for the game.
Ten Hag's U23s demand
Having demanded the change the way United play from the academy upwards, Ten Hag took charge of the reserve team last week in a bid to open up a better pathway into his senior side. The Dutchman revealed how he told Old Trafford bosses during negotiations last spring that he would only agree to become their new boss if he was also given full control of the club's Under-23 squad, and he got that chance in the festive period.
Ronaldo received punishment on numerous occasions for a variety of infractions, including departing Old Trafford before the conclusion of two games and refusing to enter the game against Tottenham as a substitute. After breaking the regulations during the trip to Chelsea, Ten Hag handled the later situation very well and opted not to put Ronaldo in the matchday squad at all. Instead, he immediately called Ronaldo back for their next Europa League match.
However, Ronaldo's decision to publicly criticize the team, the Glazers, and Ten Hag—in which he claimed he doesn't respect his manager—put the icing on the cake. By mutual agreement, United terminated his contract after yet another breach, and there is little question that Ten Hag also had a say on the decision.
Personal chefs banned
Ten Hag's first act as manager was to forbid personal chefs from preparing the players' meals on matchday and other days of the week. To make it simple for Ten Hag to keep track of the players' diet and daily performance, the players are required to consume only food that has been prepared by the club.
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