Manchester United’s next manager Erik ten Hag will need to resolve any rifts within the squad when he starts his new role, according to journalist Dean Jones.
Ten Hag is due to officially start at Old Trafford this summer, and it looks like he has a major job on his hands.
What’s happened behind-the-scenes at Man United?
It has been reported by The Sun that two teammates got into a scuffle at the club’s training base in Carrington last Thursday.
The pair had to be pulled apart, and training was brought to an abrupt end.
The two players have not been named, but the Manchester Evening News confirmed that there is a significant age gap between the duo.
This altercation comes at the end of a dismal campaign for United, which will see them finish comfortably outside the top four.
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What has Jones said about in-fighting at Man United?
Jones has admitted that some fans may actually be pleased to hear that the players care enough to be getting into heated exchanges in training.
However, he feels the situation is far from ideal, and is a problem that ten Hag will have to get on top of when he starts his tenure.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “If there were issues, then they should have been sorted out before now, and probably not in this manner. I know some United fans were like: ‘finally, some passion in this team’, but it probably just means that there are rifts there. That’s just another issue for ten Hag to fix.”
What will be the biggest issue for ten Hag to fix at Man United this summer?
Ten Hag needs to get the recruitment right in his first transfer window at the helm.
Right now, there are some glaring weaknesses in United’s squad, most notably in central midfield and in defence, while relying on Cristiano Ronaldo for the majority of the team’s goals may no longer be sustainable, given the Portuguese icon is 37.
Therefore, ten Hag needs to bring in some suitable signings to bolster his playing staff. He must also ensure that the club gets rid of players who are no longer needed, rather than allowing them to sit around and pick up their monthly wages without contributing to the team. That has been a major issue for United in recent years.
Of course, ensuring that the mentality at the club improves is also important. Too often this season, United have rolled over for their opponents, particularly in their matches against Manchester City and Liverpool.
If they want to compete with these sides, they must become more resilient, and to get to this point, the players need to be singing from the same hymn sheet rather than squabbling, or even fighting, with one another.