Man Utd: Twitter thread breaks down Erik ten Hag's training before Liverpool win

  • Kobe Tong
Ten Hag in Man Utd training.

Manchester United fans are weak at the knees over Erik ten Hag right now.

Having endured the nightmare that was the 2021/22 season in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick failed to stop the rot, the Old Trafford faithful are looking towards the Ten Hag era for footballing salvation.

And let’s be honest here, the early signs are incredibly promising with multiple reports documenting the ways in which Ten Hag has stamped his authority at the club and demanded high standards from his players.

Insights into the Ten Hag regime

Plus, there have been tantalising indications that the Red Devils are starting to take to Ten Hag’s blend of possession and pressing football already with two wins from two in their pre-season tour.

Marry that to the fact that United‘s transfer strategy is finally coming together with Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and now Lisandro Martinez through the door, and it’s easy to see why excitement is high right now.

As such, United fans have been lapping up every snippet of media possible that gives an insight into the way Ten Hag is coaching his players ahead of the 2022/23 season.

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Man Utd’s opening training session

And although the odd short clip has been published by United themselves, by far the most revealing peak behind the curtain that supporters have been able to see came ahead of the 4-0 win over Liverpool.

That’s because the Premier League giants held an open training session where both local fans and the cameras of the media could watch, listen and study what Ten Hag coaching United actually looks like.

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we’ve already highlighted the fascinating footage of Ten Hag throughout the session, but now we’ve been given the opportunity to look a little bit closer at what was actually going on.

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Twitter thread on Ten Hag’s session

That’s because Twitter user @guillaume_0823, who attributes himself as a Level 1 PFSA Opposition Analyst in their bio, released a brilliant thread earlier this week offering insight on the public session.

Explaining everything from the drills to punishments and timeframes to instructions, the thread economically and lucidly spells out what Ten Hag was trying to achieve despite training sessions often seeming so private.

However, even if you’re someone who turns their nose up at the tactical intricacies of football, it’s still interesting to see what a United training session actually looks like in practice.

So, without further ado, be sure to understand Ten Hag’s training methods at United in more depth than ever by reading the Twitter thread’s breakdown of the Liverpool preparations down below:

Breakdown of Man Utd's session.
Outfield players and goalkeepers separate.
Man Utd conducting dynamic stretching.
Man Utd complete fun drill.

Man Utd perform a relaxed rondo.
Man Utd's positional rondo.
Ten Hag's press-up punishment.
The rules of Man Utd's rondo.
Ten Hag talking during Man Utd drill.
Man Utd's fourth module exercise.
Insight into how Ten Hag coaches.
Man Utd's cooling down module.

The excitement is rising once again, isn’t it?

So far, so good

While there’s no life-changing observations or state-of-the-art drills from Ten Hag that the world has never seen before, it’s just fascinating to get an idea of what his pre-match preparations are actually like.

And it clearly worked an absolute treat because it proved to be the prelude for United’s emphatic win over the FA Cup and Carabao Cup holders, which featured goals from Jadon Sancho, Fred, Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellistri.

Now, the caveat to all of this is, of course, the fact that it’s only pre-season and it’s not from without the realms of possibility that the Ten Hag era at Old Trafford could still prove to be an unmitigated disaster.

Ten Hag chats to McClaren.
Soccer Football – Pre-Season Friendly – Manchester United Training – Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand – July 11, 2022 Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and assistant Steve McClaren during training REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Nevertheless, it really is a case of so far, so good as United fans try to figure out Ten Hag and his methods just in the way that the man himself is trying to figure out his squad. Stay tuned.

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