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Steve McClaren is the man to help Man United’s ‘ill-disciplined’ stars, insists Stewart Downing

Steve McClaren is just the man to get Manchester United’s ‘ill-disciplined’ stars into shape, emphasizes ex-England winger Stewart Downing – who claims the Red Devils ‘need coaching’ after their woeful streak of results under Ralf Rangnick

  • Stewart Downing has backed Steve McClaren to help Man United’s setbacks
  • The former England boss is back at Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag’s number two
  • Downing says his former boss can help change United’s ‘ill-disciplined’ stars
  • Former Middlesbrough winger claims McClaren outmatched at the Riverside

Stewart Downing has backed his former boss Steve McClaren to make a big impact on the ‘ill-disciplined’ side of Man United next season.

The former England boss is now back at Old Trafford as new manager Erik ten Hag’s No. 2 after being part of Manchester United’s treble-winning success in 1999 as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.

And Downing, who knows McClaren well from England and Middlesbrough, has backed his former coach to turn things around at United after their dismal campaign last year.

Steve McClaren (right) returns to Old Trafford as assistant manager to Erik ten Hag

Steve McClaren (right) returns to Old Trafford as assistant manager to Erik ten Hag

Stewart Downing has backed his former coach to help United's 'ill-disciplined' stars

Stewart Downing has backed his former coach to help United’s ‘ill-disciplined’ stars

speaking ahead 360 Sports TV Masters CupDowning said: “The only thing I want to say about McClaren is that he is a very good coach on the pitch, and I think that team does need a bit of coaching.

“When I look at United, they are so ill-disciplined, and… [McClaren] is really good at organizing the team and getting them how he wants them to play, and I’m sure he and Ten Hag have the same kind of ideas.”

Manchester United struggled last season first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then interim boss Ralf Rangnick before signing Ten Hag and McClaren for the 2022/23 season.

The Red Devils had a season to forget last year as they recorded their worst Premier League campaign ever – with 16 wins, 57 goals and just 58 points accumulated.

Manchester United had a season to forget last year when they finished sixth in the Premier League

Manchester United had a season to forget last year when they finished sixth in the Premier League

Stewart Downing was part of the Boro team that lost 4-0 to Sevilla in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final

Stewart Downing was part of the Boro team that lost 4-0 to Sevilla in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final

Downing spent eight seasons at Middlesbrough, with McClaren coaching five of them. He claims the United assistant has topped it with Boro and expects to see similar things this year.

“We were very well organized as a team. McClaren performed with us, instilled a winning attitude, we reached the UEFA Cup final and beat some great teams through sheer hard work and very well drilled.”

The impact McClaren could have had has already been illustrated after he recently taunted players who don’t contribute to a positive energy at a football club.

Steve McClaren has handed out the blueprint on how he hopes to get Manchester United sacked

Steve McClaren has handed out the blueprint on how he hopes to get Manchester United sacked

“These are the things we should do, things we should all be connected to.” McClaren explained to his son on their… McClaren Performance Podcast

“Games are won Monday through Friday, if you get Monday through Friday right, games are won on Saturday. Everyone has to bring energy.

“A lot of people now, body language arms in the air, you have to react to get that ball back, to win that ball back, whatever the situation, react quickly, don’t think about it.”



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