Ten Hag punished United player for being late for meeting on tour

Erik ten Hag sounds like a disciplinarian.

I think Manchester United need a shrewd manager of this ilk and nobody can say he is lacking in the tactical department, but it will be a tough task for the players to implement his ways after underwhelming for the past 12 months.

It will be interesting to see how the players react to his strictness over a longer period because they’re all trying to impress him now.

Well, you probably won’t get away with saying that about Cristiano Ronaldo, who has yet to report for pre-season training.

According to The Athletic, Ten Hag acted against a player who twice turned up late for a team meeting, dropping him for a game he’d planned to use him in.

This explains why we’ve seen first-team players like Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot come out publicly to talk about the new manager’s discipline.

I honestly see this as a welcome change at United. Finally, a sense of authority.

We can only hope that this can lead to improved standards and results on the pitch.

SN’s verdict

Being late for two meetings on pre-season tour is worthy of punishment, but I am sure a lot of the rules we’ve seen published in the mainstream media have been taken out of context.

Imagine a player is late for training or a meeting with a very reason that doesn’t include being stuck to the bed?

We’ll see how this works out over time. The older players should be leading by example when it comes to buying into Ten Hag’s methods.

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  1. This is what we’ve been missing, discipline. Manchester United will be liberated…

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