Manchester United players ‘participating in training on the wrong feet’ after Erik ten Haag ‘noticed a lack of left leg in his side’ – with Luke Shaw ‘among those involved’ trying to strengthen his right leg
- Manchester United players, including Luke Shaw, were ‘wrong footed’.
- Erik ten Hag had concerns about the team, so he added work after the main training session
- The new Dutch manager made additional changes at Old Trafford
Erik ten Hag has reportedly asked members of his Manchester United squad – including Luke Shaw – to train focusing on their ‘wrong foot’.
Shaw took part in the sessions to strengthen his right leg, with the new Dutch manager understood to be concerned about the improvement of some players.
Upon his arrival at Carrington, ten Hag noticed a lack of left-footed players and addressed this by signing Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Antony.
Luke Shaw has been named as one of the players encouraged to improve their weaker leg
But the Manchester Evening News also report that the 52-year-old has organized specific exercises after the main sessions to strengthen the weaker leg of United’s existing players.
Shaw has been absent from United’s games since their defeat by Brentford on August 13, dealing with a leg injury.
Training became more intense with new arrivals including Antony and Casemiro. It has also increased competition for places, with Scott McTominay stepping up to keep £70m signing Casemiro out of the squad.
Sources believe United’s senior hierarchy have backed Hagg’s ideas at Old Trafford, with his disciplined management style balanced by his personality.
Erik ten Hag has made many changes at Old Trafford since his arrival this summer
The stairs at the club’s ground were changed so they could be closer to the substitutes as they warmed up, no longer staying at The Lowry Hotel before the game.
Unused players also remain in the Old Trafford manager’s box throughout the home games after nine members of the squad were jeered for pulling out of a friendly in early July.
Ten Hag’s decisive nature has won over some players who felt misled by previous permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He demands professionalism and effort from his tribe – and is clear with his players about his team’s comp.
After his first pre-season with the group, ten Hag is keen to get them off on the right foot – even if it means a little extra work on their weaker leg.