According to reports, Manchester United boss Eric ten Haag has given the squad five strict rules to follow. The Dutchman is looking forward to becoming a big hit at Old Trafford. And he’s determined to avoid any of the same problems that plagued his predecessors Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralph Rangnik during their spell in the dugout.
Manchester United are gearing up for the start of the Ten Haig era.
The Dutchman has already made a positive impression on Carrington, with squad members promptly taking on their new boss amid intense behind-the-scenes sessions.
And, now, the Mirror says that Ten Haig has compiled a list of four rules he wants his players to follow as he seeks to bring back the glory days.
It is claimed the 52-year-old has been trying to regain control of the dressing room, something the club lacked in the years following the emotional retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
He has told players not to leak information to the press – anyone found guilty of this should never play for him or the club again.
Ten Haag has also informed the squad members that if they are late to training or team meetings they will be fired, emphasizing prestige can do nothing.
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The new United boss also does not want him to drink alcohol during match-week to ensure he is ‘at peak playing condition’.
And he also wants the same cook to arrange food for the stars as well, instead of having their own staff to cook it all.
Ten Hag has reportedly changed the club’s menu, placing more emphasis on fish and vegetables than was the case earlier.
It is said that every United player has a custom-made diet plan that is designed in the hope that they will be able to stay in shape and improve their game.
While Ten Haig is taking a tougher approach, however, he has shown a softer side to the Fifth Rule as well as his personality.
The 52-year-old kept his door open after the former Ajax boss has told players to come and meet him if they have any problems.
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He supposedly wants to develop a strong bond with the players, the trust trust and mutual respect can help lead to a better campaign.
United leave for Thailand today for the first leg of their pre-season tour, with the club also due to travel to Australia.
They are scheduled to face Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in Melbourne, before ending their tour with a friendly against Aston Villa in Perth.
One player who may not be on the plane, however, is Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portugal international wants to leave United and is unwilling to spend a year packing his stuff in the Europa League at this late stage of his career.
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United were shocked by the news of Ronaldo’s exit, with Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all linked with the superstar.
And it will be interesting to see if he joins his teammates as they continue their preparations for the new campaign.
Regarding Ronaldo, Louis Saha feels that losing the goals provided by the 37-year-old will be a big blow to United.
“I am more worried about losing Cristiano Ronaldo” [than Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity this summer], Finding a new striker who’s going to get you 25 to 30 goals is going to be tough. This is something they need to ponder over for a year.”
“When you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo you want to win the Champions League and break records there.
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“When you are a world-class player with these stats there are discussions like this.
“Man Utd as a club are below that level, not playing well and the manager is new so maybe Ten Haag’s plans are mid-term and short-term for Ronaldo just one or two at the top level It’s a year. It’s kind of a struggle.
“I’m not happy [United fans asking Ronaldo to go] As Ronaldo plays his part. He has delivered some great performances and has been a leader and behaved when times were tough and demanding.
“It’s not a good idea to ask for consideration in terms of planning and seeing the signatures of players at rival clubs.
“You have to look at the other teams, Man City have done business that is really complimentary and really fits their plan. Arsenal today and other clubs have done their business.”