Erik ten Hag is certainly a man on a mission at Manchester United.
He banished McFred – the midfield partnership of Scott McTominay and Fred – the formation has evolved, and he has completely overhauled a disjointed, awkward playing style for a more free flowing and fluid system. But that is not all for the Dutchman, as the former Ajax boss has decided to take his players back to the early days of mini-soccer.
Despite the majority of United players taking home wages north of £100,000 per week, Ten Hag evidently believes many of their weak foots are only being used to stand on. And he has reacted to this frustrating situation by taking many of his squad members back to their junior days.
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Reports from the Manchester Evening News understand Ten Hag is currently in the process of strengthening many of his players’ weaker feet. Among this surprisingly large number of players is former England international Luke Shaw.
Within the space of a year, Shaw has gone from becoming the first England player to score in a major international final since Geoff Hurst to barely getting a kick for United. The left-back is purportedly preparing himself for a miserable winter excluded from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
As well as frustrating niggling injuries, Shaw has been displaced by summer signing Tyrell Malacia in recent weeks. However, Ten Hag is not giving up on the former Southampton ace, as he is currently looking to develop the 27-year-old’s right foot.
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Shaw is not the only player who is undergoing the extra training sessions. Ten Hag is believed to have identified his squad’s ability to use their weak foots as a particular weakness in his side.
He also reportedly believed there were not enough left footed players within his side, hence the additions of Antony, Lisandro Martinez, and Tyrell Malacia. United travel to Moldova to face Sheriff Tiraspol in their next Europa League match.
The tricky trip could prove to be vital, as United’s European campaign began with a very frustrating 1-0 home loss to Real Sociedad.
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