Erik ten Hag speaks to Manchester United stars for ‘several minutes’ before first training session as Steve McClaren and Marcus Rashford return, while starlet Alejandro Garnacho cuts his holiday short June 28, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Erik ten Hag addressed Manchester United players for ‘several minutes’ ahead of his first training session in charge of the club.
There will be a staggered return to training for individuals due to their commitments with their respective national sides, however, there were a number of recognisable faces in Ten Hag’s first session.
Players including Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and David de Gea reported back to the base at Carrington as preparations for the new season get under way.
Fellow Dutchman Donny van de Beek cut an enthusiastic figure as he reunited with his old Ajax boss.
Also reporting for training was Anthony Martial, who’s future at Old Trafford is looking uncertain having come back from a poor loan spell at Sevilla in the second half of the 2021/22 season.
An old friend of the club was also seen at the training ground as Ten Hag’s assistant Steve McClaren, who worked as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant for two years, walked through the doors.
Before taking to the field, the players underwent routine medical tests and gym work before heading out onto the training pitches in the afternoon, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The report adds that Ten Hag, flanked by McClaren and coach Mitchell van der Gaag, then spoke to a combined group of first-team squad members and under-21 players for ‘several minutes’ at the start of the session.
The players spent over two hours on the grass, the bulk of it ball work with running drills included.
In the session was starlet Alejandro Garnacho, the FA Youth Cup hero making an early return to training despite playing at the Toulon tournament for Argentina’s under-20 side. His last match came on June 10.
The Manchester Evening News’ report adds that some players who had arrived before 9am stayed until gone 4pm.
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