Manchester United reportedly have concerns in the dressing room over the intensity of Erik ten Hag’s training sessions. It is thought at the club that they are contributing to both fatigue and injuries among the squad this season.
United have been littered with injury problems so far this term. Ten Hag has not been able to call upon a full-strength squad for any of the matches so far.
Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez are two stars to have both had long-term problems, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrell Malacia are both currently unavailable. Raphael Varane has been in and out of the side due to his own fitness issues, while Casemiro has not been available since the international break.
United reached the final of both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season and had a long pre-season schedule. Some senior stars have already played 20 times this term for club and country.
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And ESPN claims there is a feeling at the club that their fitness levels are not being helped by Ten Hag’s training sessions. It is reported that the sessions are intense and do not allow players enough time to recover between matches.
United are competing in the Champions League this season after finishing third in the Premier League in Ten Hag’s first year in charge. The Dutchman is therefore keen to play as strong a team as possible both domestically and in Europe.
But it may have been to the detriment of the fitness of his squad. United legend Roy Keane claimed following the 3-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday that his former club looked way below the physical levels of their opponents.
While analysing the second half, Keane said on Sky Sports: “United are gone there. Look at (Christian) Eriksen.
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“That’s the worry for me, the physical side of the game for United. I know they have been run ragged, but you just can’t let people walk past you.”
It was United’s fifth league defeat of the season in just 10 matches. Ten Hag will be feeling the pressure with his team languishing in eighth place in the table, already 13 points behind leaders Tottenham.
United don’t have much time to recover before they play again, with Newcastle visiting Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. They then travel to Fulham in the league on Saturday before the reverse match against Copenhagen in the Champions League next week.
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