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Manchester United started their 2022/23 pre-season preparation period on Monday (27/6/2022). There are a number of interesting things from this inaugural training session in the Erik ten Hag era .
After Ralf Rangnick’s duties as interim manager were completed, Manchester United has now begun to be managed by Ten Hag, who has been appointed to fill the manager’s post since last April.
Recently, Manchester United has also officially appointed two figures to become Ten Hag’s assistants. The two names are Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag.
Practically, this inaugural training session feels special for the Manchester United squad who are trying to get up in the new season following their poor achievements last season.
Quoting the Manchester Evening News , here are a number of interesting things that can be seen from the inaugural Manchester United training session of the Erik ten Hag era.
For the majority of the Manchester United squad, this is the first time they have met the coaching staff. The introductory session became very crucial in this inaugural practice.
According to internal sources, the introductory session of Ten Hag and his assistants lasted for several minutes. However, what they say is still a secret.
Of course, Ten Hag tried from the start to try to embrace all players without exception. This is very important for Manchester United’s pre-season journey going forward.
Steve McClaren’s Engagement
It was not only Ten Hag who attended this inaugural session. Steve McClaren the assistant was also seen actively leading the players’ training sessions when playing the ball.
For McClaren, working with the Ten Hag was nothing new. The two have collaborated at Twente and presented the Eredivisie title in the 2009/10 season.
In addition, this is also not the first time McClaren has served as assistant manager at Manchester United. He was Sir Alex Ferguson’s accomplice from 1999 to 2001.
The poor achievement of Manchester United’s 2021/22 season yesterday made the players return to Carrington with quite heavy pressure, namely to be able to get up in the new season.
However, Manchester United players such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alvaro Fernandez, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, to Alejandro Garnacho still look cheerful and full of smiles.
The players seem to bring a new spirit for a new era. Ten Hag himself hopes that this smile will be a positive sign to navigate the new season.
Erik ten Hag is known as a coach who likes to give opportunities to young players. It was very visible when he handled Ajax.
This was also seen in Ten Hag’s inaugural training session with the Manchester United squad. A number of young stars of the Red Devils looked enthusiastic following the training session.
For the first time, there are Alejandro Garnacho, Matej Kovar, Nathan Bishop, Ethan Laird, Bjorn Hardley, Will Fish and Fernandez, Charlie Savage, Zidane Iqbal, Charlie Wellens and Ethan Galbraith, Tahith Chong, Shola Shoretire, Hingga Noam Emeran.
In the new season there are usually players who have new jersey numbers. In the Manchester United squad this time, it happened to left-back Alvaro Fernandez.
Last season, Fernandez wore number 74 in the Manchester United main squad. From now on, the 19-year-old left-back will get the number 42.
This means that Fernandez could be getting a bigger share in the Manchester United main squad for this new season.
MU Match Schedule in Pre-season
12 July 2022
MU vs Liverpool, Rajamangala Stadium
15 July 2022
Melbourne Victory vs MU, Melbourne Cricket Ground
19 July 2022
MU vs Crystal Palace, Melbourne Cricket Ground
23 July 2022
MU vs Aston Villa, Optus Stadium
July 30, 2022
MU vs Atletico Madrid, Ullevaal Stadium
31 July 2022
MU vs Rayo Vallecano, Old Trafford