Meticulous Ten Hag ‘orders Man Utd staff to cut grass to exactly 15mm and brings back Sir Alex Ferguson rule’ | The Sun

Meticulous Ten Hag ‘orders Man Utd staff to cut grass to exactly 15mm and brings back Sir Alex Ferguson rule’ | The Sun

ERIK TEN HAG is ordering Manchester United ground staff to cut the grass to EXACTLY 15mm and making the players eat together.

The Carrington training ground staff will be giving the pitch a trim to encourage slick passing.

New boss Ten Hag, 52, doesn't believe in hard fitness drills to kick off the campaign but will be doing ball work with the squad to work on technique.

The Mirror report that Ten Hag is "all about training the brain".

The first two days of pre-season will involve tests on the players' fitness before moving to double sessions with the football.

And that means Old Trafford superstars "will run with the ball rather than just being asked to sprint up sand dunes".

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The Dutch gaffer will also be forcing the team to dine together after training – just like former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

He feels that socialising at meal times helps "build a team spirit" like it did in Fergie's day and will get them back to winning ways.

No2 Steve McClaren has even compared Ten Hag with the legendary boss.

He also gave an insight into how the ex-Ajax leader helps bring togetherness in the squad by meticulous preparation for pre-season.

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McClaren said: “In terms of changing games, he is second to none.

"He had carried on with that work ethic and he’s a far better coach and manager now. He was way ahead of his time. Even in Holland.

"The only other one I would have seen do that? That would have been the gaffer [Sir Alex Ferguson].

“I knew that pre-season was due to start the next day and I said to Erik, ‘Have you got our first day organised?’

"Over the next two hours he talked me through six weeks of pre-season work.

"Every last detail was accounted for. Every document ready. Every drinks break planned.

"I would occasionally say to Erik during a session, ‘We just need that goal moving to the halfway line’ and he would ask every player in the squad to do it. All 22 players. Everyone goes. That’s the way he likes it.”

Former Man Utd defender Daley Blind – who played under Ten Hag at Ajax – warned stars that "nothing will be left to chance".

Blind and his team-mates would wonder why there were long meetings for tactical analysis and says "every single detail" will be covered.

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