Erik ten Hag’s revolution at Manchester United is well underway and on the pitch, progress has already been made after his side secured a near-perfect record on their tour of Thailand and Australia.
Wins over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace ensured a promising start to life under the Dutchman but their final game against Aston Villa ended in a draw – something the manager said was a ‘lesson’ for his players.
Changes are aplenty off the pitch as well, however. According to The Sun, as part of Ten Hag’s new structure, players are now being offered the chance to have meals delivered to them in a clever new idea of enforcing new eating habits.
As per the report, Ten Hag has also banned the consumption of alcohol on match weeks and players must now sit together during meals at Carrington.
“The facilities at Carrington are now more like a Michelin-starred restaurant as opposed to an old-fashioned canteen,” a source told the publication.
“There is even a steak room. The players need to stick to their diets so the chefs are happy to make meals and get them delivered to any player that wants them.
“Some are young, live alone and are much more confident on the pitch than in the kitchen.”
There have been instances in the past where players have experienced issues with their weight at the club. Some players hire private chefs, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Luke Shaw.
Striking down on old methods and introducing fresh guidelines is what Ten Hag has been desperate to do and thus far, supporters will be delighted to learn that he’s ruling with an iron fist.
Last year, it felt like players easily had their way and that undermined the authority of Ralf Rangnick.