Ten Hag should ban Manchester United's players from social media: The Treble column
The Treble column: July 7
Ten Hag should ban Manchester United’s players from social media
Harry Maguire’s faux pas was the latest social media gaffe from Manchester United’s players.
Maguire ‘liked’ a post on Instagram about Cristiano Ronaldo being unhappy with a wage decrease, before BBC Sport reported it was done ‘in error’.
It’s about time these errors were cut out off the pitch. The players make enough of them on the pitch.
With this gaffe coming in just the second week since new manager Erik ten Hag has players in training, it is also the perfect time for the manager to draw a line in the sand, and ban his players from social media.
At this point, you have to wonder what possible benefits can come from the players being on Twitter and Instagram?
Last season we had Eric Bailly pleading to start ahead of Maguire online, and Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard hitting back at interim boss Ralf Rangnick on social media.
They would be better off cutting access to their accounts, and focusing solely on football. After the season they have just had, a detox seems like the perfect tonic.
United need to set firm deadline for De Jong
The goalposts for the Frenkie de Jong keep on moving, and it feels like Manchester United are losing control of this transfer.
Barcelona appear to be the only club in the world run worse than United, and dealing with them is highly complex.
Their financial problems mean they owe De Jong £17 million, The Telegraph report, and he wants a guarantee of the money before he leaves. Fair enough.
But this really should not be United’s problem. The club need to set a deadline, and force Barcelona to play ball.
At what point do United let this drag onto? Two weeks before the season starts? The day before? The September 1 deadline?
The opportunity for De Jong to fly out with United for the start of pre-season tour has already been missed.
United should by now have a firm list of alternatives, but the longer these are left, the more difficult they become to sign too, and they would also miss out on key time training under Ten Hag.
The way this is panning out is far from ideal, and United must set a deadline and be prepared to walk away.
One month until kick-off, United feel undercooked
It is one month today until Manchester United’s opening game of the season. It feels like we need two months.
With only one signing announced, United have not made the leap required to be competitive, not at the very top level.
While we may have to accept another season of battling for a top four place, this isn’t where we want to be. We want to be competing for silverware.
What we can’t stomach is a lack of ambition on the club’s part, and that’s where we feel we are at right now.
There are six pre-season games between now and United’s opening match against Brighton, and we can only hope that by time we get to August 7, we are a lot better prepared than it currently feels.