Ten Hag won't be subjecting United's players to 13km run like after Brentford defeat, he has a different plan

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag acted decisively after the team’s humiliating defeat to Brentford in August.

United were beaten 4-0, conceding all four in the first half, and Ten Hag was clearly fed up with a lack of effort from the players.

The following day at training he subjected the players to a 13.8 kilometre run, joining them too, to symbolise the figure Brentford’s players collectively outran the Red Devils, The Mirror reported.

With United conceding four goals in the first half against Manchester City on Sunday, and then another two in the second half, the players may have been worried about a grueling workload heading their way.

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Ten Hag has a different plan

This won’t be repeated at Carrington on Monday. First of all the fixture list is very different. United have two matches in the next seven days, while after the Brentford match there was a nine-day gap before the next fixture.

Ten Hag made very clear after the game that this defeat was not due to a lack of physical effort or exertion. It was a match of mental mistakes.

The manager wants to educate his players, and the post-derby recovery day will be a time for him to teach.

Expect a busy day in the video room at Carrington where Ten Hag points out the mistakes United could have avoided and wants to fix.

He explained: “I will show the team tomorrow that we could have been on the front foot. When you see the first goal, we win the ball and in the moment of winning the ball, we could have created a great chance.

“But then we take the wrong decisions in transition on the left side and all of a sudden we don’t follow the rules, we’re undisciplined and we’re 1-0 down. That cannot happen and it is unacceptable. I will show the team that I am sure that they can do that better.”

United’s players simply wilted under the pressure. Ten Hag will have hoped this would not happen, but it did, and he intends to fix it.

Rather than being at a total loss like Ralf Rangnick was after the 4-1 defeat last season, Ten Hag knows how to go and fix the problematic display he saw.

The proof will be in subsequent performances and results against top teams, and it’s up to United’s players to do what he asks. If they can’t, then he will look for players who can.

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