Erik ten Hag arrives at Carrington for first day of pre-season training as Man United flops return


Erik ten Hag arrives at Carrington for his first day of pre-season as Manchester United’s flops return from their summer holidays… with NO new signings and just 41 days to work miracles on the pitch

  • Erik ten Hag’s new Manchester United era begins on his first official day as boss 
  • Players have reported to the Carrington training ground for pre-season training 
  • Ex-Ajax manager ten Hag has accepted the significant challenge of a club reset 
  • The club have made zero summer transfers while their rivals have strengthened 
  • Pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, has not yet come to fruition 
  • Star man Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly angry at their lack of transfer progress
  • Ten Hag has a massive job on his hands at Old Trafford – and that work starts now 

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Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United era is officially underway as the new manager has arrived for his first day at Carrington.

Dutch boss ten Hag arrived on Monday at 8am at the training ground, driven by a chauffeur, with his players reporting for pre-season training.

Ten Hag was announced as the new United manager in April, replacing interim Ralf Rangnick, who has left the club. 

He began preparations for his role in May but will now undertake training for the first time with his Red Devils players. 

And newly appointed assistant coach Steve McClaren was also pictured pulling up at Carrington, 21 years after leaving his role as Sir Alex Ferguson’s No 2 at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United era is underway as the new manager arrives for his first day


Newly appointed assistant coach Steve McClaren was also pictured pulling up at Carrington

Ten Hag was appointed to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick in April and his work starts now

Several first-team stars will not be in attendance after playing in June’s Nations League international matches.

But despite a sizeable number of absentees still enjoying their holidays, there will still be 15 senior players turning up for their first season under ten Hag.

He will have plenty of work to do, given they finished sixth in the Premier League last season, 13 points off the Champions League places.

The Red Devils narrowly pipped West Ham to the second Europa League qualifying spot, just about missing out on the ignominy of the third-tier Europa Conference League. 

Their total of 58 points was still their worst total in 32 years, and 35 points off the eventual 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 on free transfers.

But ten Hag will doubtless want to shift several more players, with Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial among those with uncertain futures. 

And their lack of transfer activity has been reflected in their zero incomings as well.

Despite serious interest in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who worked under ten Hag at Ajax and appears to be their No 1 target, there is no progress as of yet. 



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