ERIK TEN HAG plans to jail his players as part of his grand plan to rebuild Manchester United.
Old Trafford’s new gaffer has already given training ground staff details of what he wants when he starts work this summer.
And that includes preparing a field of five for what Ten Hag calls “cage work” when players have to go through a confined space session.
United’s smaller pitch at their Carrington base is already fenced off and there will be no excuses – or escape – for Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It’s believed Ten Hag would also like some of the half-sized pitches to be redrawn to replicate the ones he uses on a daily basis at Ajax.
A United insider said: “The new manager has already made a number of technical requests and staff are working hard to complete them.
“The Astro football field is called the Adidas Predator Zone and the boys use it for fun and games – but Ten Hag has plans for it on a daily basis.
“He wants players to be locked in and uncomfortable until they are completely comfortable with it. The field is fenced off and he wants it ready to use.
“The club are committed to giving him everything he needs and currently all hands are on the pump at Carrington.”
Ten Hag will bring Ajax assistant Mitchel van der Gaag as his No. 2 and former England boss Steve McClaren will also join his coaching staff.
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As SunSport announced earlier this year, United had to put special “hoods” on the floodlights at their training ground to protect the endangered bats that live there.
The Red Devils called in experts to commission a special report on the needs of Carrington’s nocturnal mammals.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5393525/man-utd-ten-hag-training-cage-five-a-side/ New Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag prepares ‘cage work’ for five-a-side in a bid to put a new squad in shape when he takes over