Erik ten Hag has set five criteria for Manchester United players to follow under his leadership, which does not sit well with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The new manager is rumored to be a harsh disciplinarian who will run the team in a manner liking to that of the iconic manager of the Red Devils, Sir Alex Ferguson.
The “Five Commandments” of Erik ten Hag include a ban on drinking, a ban on personal cooks, dropping late players, routine BMI tests, and direct conversations with the manager rather than agents if players are dissatisfied.
The Dutchman is presently in charge of the Red Devils’ first preseason, and United will travel to Thailand and Australia later this month before the Premier League season begins in August.
At the club’s Carrington training facility, Ten Hag has recently been getting to know his players and is now starting to execute his own strategies.
Now, according to a claim that was published in the Mirror, the 52-year-old manager has established a stringent set of guidelines that he anticipates each of his players to adhere to.
Ten Hag’s ‘five strict new rules’ for Man United players
The guidelines stated by the former Ajax Boss are as follows:
- Players will be dropped if they are late for a meeting or training, regardless of their status.
- No alcohol during game weeks.
- Use club chefs rather than personal chefs (with overhauled menu).
- Monthly BMI checks.
- Must go to Ten Hag with ‘problems’ before going to agent.
The Dutchman wants players to eat primarily from the Carrington canteen since personal cooks are expected to be prohibited. Fish and vegetables are now more prevalent at mealtimes thanks to his efforts to revamp the squad’s cuisine.
The club will now have authority over the players’ individual meal plans, despite the fact that they will continue to be tailored to each player’s specific dietary requirements.
Ten Hag is particularly concerned that athletes maintain a healthy weight, and their BMIs will be tested weekly.
According to the report, any player who is tardy to team training or meetings, regardless of their status at Old Trafford, will be automatically released from their contract.
Alcohol consumption will also be prohibited during match weeks, which will effectively function as a general ban given that the Red Devils play twice weekly due to European commitments.
Additionally, he has requested that he handle all player complaints rather than referring them to agents or other parties.
Many players, especially Cristiano Ronaldo, will find this new rule by Erik Ten Hag objectionable, but does it really matter? The rules shouldn’t be an issue as long as Old Trafford’s purpose is fulfilled.