Manchester United on tour: Ten Hag discipline, a settled team and strict curfews

Erik ten Hag finished his first tour as Manchester United manager reflecting on “unacceptable” lapses against Aston Villa that cost his team a perfect record in Thailand and Australia, and The Athletic can reveal the extent to which he meant it. Part of Ten Hag’s strategy to management is strict discipline and when players err, the consequences are significant. During the 18-day trip, one player was twice late for team meetings. Ten Hag had been planning to use him in a game but dropped him by way of punishment, a reminder to everyone in the squad that punctuality is important.…

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