Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag uses DRONE to study squad training sessions to transform club fortunes

ERIK TEN HAG is looking everywhere for anything that can help him change the fortunes of Manchester United.

And that means sooner rather than later for the Dutchman.

Erik ten Hag uses a drone to analyze Manchester United's training sessions

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Erik ten Hag uses a drone to analyze Manchester United’s training sessionsCredit: PA
Each session is broken down and presented to him

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Each session is broken down and presented to himPhoto credit: Getty
He hopes it puts Donny van de Beek and company in the best possible form

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He hopes it puts Donny van de Beek and company in the best possible formPhoto credit: Getty

Because he knows there’s no time to waste in the cutthroat world of trying to win trophies.

Such is Ten Hag’s attention to detail that he’s upgraded the DRONE his trainers use to monitor training.

Ten Hag has only been in charge for seven months, but he said: “When you change things in an organization and change the way you play, it’s difficult.

“In top-flight football, opponents want to kill you – and that’s what happened.

“We had to adapt quickly and our squad was really great.”

Ten Hag faced a daunting task when he replaced interim boss Ralf Rangnick in May.

That’s why his team of coaches and performance analysts also had lengthy discussions with colleagues from some of the cycling teams that competed in last year’s Tour de France about diet and sleep habits.

And so, as seen at a training session in southern Spain during the recent break, there are now over 20 coaches and assistants overseeing the work.

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Each session is filmed to break it down and then replay Ten Hag.

He has also set up a Dutch company called Talent Academy Group, made up of life coaches and psychologists who work with the players twice a week.

One of them, Rainier Koers, stood alone and watched the action as the side prepared for the season’s return near Jerez.

About his expertise as a life coach he says: “Helping people makes me very happy.

“I do this by listening, observing, and feeling what’s going on with the other person — and alerting them to unconscious behaviors.”

The Talent Academy Group helped develop Memphis Depay from a United reject in 2017 to a star with Lyon and then Barcelona – and he was one of the big hits of the Dutch World Cup run.

They also work with gymnasts, windsurfers, cycling and ice hockey teams and Eredivisie clubs.

Ten Hag knew he had to make changes quickly after a miserable season, first under the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then under Rangnick, which saw United record their worst points tally of the Premier League era.

The drones are monitored by a huge team of analysts

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The drones are monitored by a huge team of analystsPhoto credit: Getty

They rallied just 58, scored 57 goals and managed just 16 wins to finish sixth in the table.

But now even the star-tracking drone has been modernized.

It helps Ten Hag give a unique view of their players’ every move, whether in games behind closed doors or just warming up.

And today, Ten Hag will reintroduce nine players who were through to the quarter-finals in Qatar back into their hardcore training regimen.

But he’s not sure how many will be involved in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup fourth-round clash with Burnley.

What they can all be sure of is that his stance has not been softened since he was ‘killed’ in a horrific start to his reign.

His side lost 2-1 at home to Brighton on the opening day of the season before a 4-0 humiliation at Brentford.

But they return to the Premier League against Nottingham Forest on December 27 and are currently fifth – just three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and a game in hand ahead of Antonio Conte’s men.

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Ten Hag added: “The mentality has changed and our way of playing has changed during the season, our style.

“Of course we’re still growing – and now we just have to try to keep the process going.”

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