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Man United: Erik ten Hag orders players to training by 9am in throwback to Sir Alex Ferguson’s era

Erik ten Hag is already expressing his authority at Manchester United and has reportedly made a rule change that is a throwback to Sir Alex Ferguson’s era at the club.

The Manchester Evening News have reported that Ten Hag has ordered players to report to training at 9am on Tuesday – something Ferguson did during his storied stint as United manager.

It marks a change from last permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who allowed players to report for training an hour later – with the Norwegian being labeled ‘soft’ during his time.

On Tuesday, assistant manager Steve McLaren, who also worked with Ferguson at Old Trafford, was one of the first to show up by arriving at 07:45.

Ten Hag was driven into Carrington just after eight in the morning, while all the players who returned for the season were reportedly at the training complex before nine in the morning.

Erik ten Hag is already printing his authority at Manchester United with early rule changes

Erik ten Hag is already printing his authority at Manchester United with early rule changes

Players returned on Monday for their first training session with Ten Hag (pictured) and the Dutchman has now ordered them to appear at training from 9 a.m. on Tuesday

Players returned on Monday for their first training session with Ten Hag (pictured) and the Dutchman has now ordered them to appear at training from 9 a.m. on Tuesday

It was an early start for players showing up in two groups Monday at 9:30am and 11:30am

It was an early start for players showing up in two groups Monday at 9:30am and 11:30am

It marks an early rule change for Ten Hag at Old Trafford, and it’s not the only one he’s made that is a return to Ferguson’s methods.

As previously reported, Ten Hag would also like to promote a positive team spirit in the Red Devils’ dressing room and has therefore insisted that the team should eat and socialize together after training.

Ferguson made similar demands during his 26-year tenure at the club, but this culture has since evaporated in the camp.

It marks a return to the era of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, who gave similar instructions

It marks a return to the era of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, who gave similar instructions

In an effort to prioritize exercises on the ball during the opening sessions, Ten Hag has also reportedly told his staff to trim the grass to exactly 15mm so that the players can quickly get started with his passing requirements.

Players like David de Gea, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones were among the first-team stars to return to training on Monday.

Despite a significant number of absentees still enjoying their holiday, 15 senior players returned on the first day, arriving in two groups at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Several first-team stars are absent after playing the Nations League international matches in June, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

David de Gea was one of the 15 senior players who returned to training this week

David de Gea was one of the 15 senior players who returned to training this week

Out-of-favour England stars Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are also back in training

Out-of-favour England stars Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are also back in training

Ten Hag was announced as the new United boss in April, replacing interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who left the club despite his initial plans to stay on as a consultant.

He started preparing for the role in May, but the work has now started well as he gets to know some of his new players for the season.

Ten Hag has plenty of work to do as United are having their worst Premier League season ever.

The Red Devils narrowly led West Ham to second place in Europa League qualifiers, narrowly missing out on the Europa Conference League Third Division infamy.

Their total of 58 points was still their worst total in 32 years, and 35 points away from the final total of champions – and fierce rivals – Manchester City.

Several players have left the club this summer, including Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Lee Grant – all transferred for free.

Players like Cristiano Ronaldo have yet to return after international service in June

Players like Cristiano Ronaldo have yet to return after international service in June

Ten Hag has a lot of work to do, because Man United are coming out of their worst Premier League season

Ten Hag has a lot of work to do, because Man United are coming out of their worst Premier League season

But ten Hag will undoubtedly want to move a number of players, including Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial with an uncertain future.

United fans, however, are becoming frustrated with their lack of transfer activity so far, despite serious interest in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who worked at Ajax under Ten Hag.

Ajax winger Antony is also a target, while Christian Eriksen is available on a free transfer and is expected to choose between Manchester United and Brentford soon.

The fact that rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have already bolstered with Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez respectively will do little to appease frustrated fans.

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