According to Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, the Manchester United squad was called into their Carrington training base by manager Erik ten Hag for training the day after their embarrassing 4‐0 loss to Brentford in London, despite it originally being a day off for the players. The squad were reportedly left “in ruins” by the session, according to a source.
‘In Ruins’: Manchester United Manager Erik ten Hag Forces Runs Training Session After Humiliating Loss to Brentford
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 15, 2022
Manchester United Players Made to Run by Erik ten Hag Following Another Defeat
The Manchester United manager decided to haul his players in for extra training at their Carrington base in the wake of their disastrous 4-0 defeat in London. After branding the performance “rubbish“, the players found themselves running a total of eight-and-a-half miles to make up for Brentford covering that same distance more than his team during the West London mauling.
🚨 Erik ten Hag wanted to make Man Utd players run 13.8 kilometres during extra training session today because Brentford players ran 13.8 kilometres more than them yesterday pic.twitter.com/G1RyOZA1mx
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) August 14, 2022
The Red Devils’ boss arrived early at training, before leading an inquest into the latest disaster to rock his side. The thrashing in Brentford followed an opening day 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, which has left them bottom of the Premier League after the opening two games.
What Needs to Change
The Red half of Manchester have patiently pursued Frenkie de Jong all summer, who appeared to be their priority signing. However, with the Dutchman no nearer to moving to Old Trafford, Ten Hag’s men have seemingly turned the majority of their attention to signing French international Adrien Rabiot.
Following back-to-back defeats, United are in desperate need of reinforcements. They have been linked with Cody Gakpo and Alvaro Morata with goals becoming hard to come by so far in addition to their leaky defence.
After the 4‐0 loss away to Brentford, Ten Hag reiterated his desire for new signings when he told Sky Sports: “I think we need new players. We need quality players and we are working on that. We will do everything we can to bring them in.”
It remains to be seen what players will join the Dutchman’s revolution, which has gotten off to a less than ideal start.