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.

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Preparations for the new season are under way

This was the first chance for Ten Hag to get a look at his new players

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This was the first chance for Ten Hag to get a look at his new players

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.

First choice goalkeeper David de Gea reported for training

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First choice goalkeeper David de Gea reported for training

As did substitute goalkeeper Tom Heaton but there’s no sign of Dean Henderson, who’s reportedly closing in on a loan move to Nottingham Forest

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As did substitute goalkeeper Tom Heaton but there’s no sign of Dean Henderson, who’s reportedly closing in on a loan move to Nottingham Forest

Brandon Williams also returns having spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Norwich, who finished bottom of the Premier League

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Brandon Williams also returns having spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Norwich, who finished bottom of the Premier League

This is a huge season for Van de Beek, who has had a torrid time since signing for Man United in the summer of 2020

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This is a huge season for Van de Beek, who has had a torrid time since signing for Man United in the summer of 2020

It’s not clear whether Martial has a future at the club though

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It’s not clear whether Martial has a future at the club though

Ten Hag and his assistant Van der Gaag have a huge job on their hands

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Ten Hag and his assistant Van der Gaag have a huge job on their hands

But they do have the experience of McClaren to call on

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But they do have the experience of McClaren to call on

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be desperate to get his form back on track after a poor 2021/22 season

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be desperate to get his form back on track after a poor 2021/22 season

As will Marcus Rashford, who’s been on a downward spiral on the pitch in recent seasons

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As will Marcus Rashford, who’s been on a downward spiral on the pitch in recent seasons

Jadon Sancho also struggled for long periods of the season

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Jadon Sancho also struggled for long periods of the season

Victor Lindelof reported for training. Harry Maguire, who was linked with a shock move to Barcelona this summer, will come back later

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Victor Lindelof reported for training. Harry Maguire, who was linked with a shock move to Barcelona this summer, will come back later

But 17-year-old forward Garnacho cut his break short to make it to Ten Hag’s first training session

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But 17-year-old forward Garnacho cut his break short to make it to Ten Hag’s first training session

Charlie Savage, son of ex-player Robbie, was also in the training session

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Charlie Savage, son of ex-player Robbie, was also in the training session

Ten Hag’s job at Man United is much harder than doing a few keepy uppies, that’s for sure

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Ten Hag’s job at Man United is much harder than doing a few keepy uppies, that’s for sure

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