Erik ten Hag orders a full report on Manchester United players to assess character and readiness before pre-season

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag | Photo Credit: IMAGO

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly requested a comprehensive profile of every member of his Manchester United squad before meeting them personally.

According to The Mirror, the Dutchman is interested in the personal lifestyle of his players and even wants to know where each one of the players will jet off to for their summer break.

The former Ajax manager has a reputation for a meticulous style of management and is already looking to stamp down his authority at Old Trafford.

Not since the Sir Alex Ferguson days have Man United enjoyed a period of sustained success, and much of their decline is attributed to a lack of control by the coaches who preceded the legendary Scotsman. But after replacing Ralf Rangnick, Ten Haag is desperate to return the Old Trafford side to their glorious days.

The 52-year-old coach is expected to instil a winning culture at the club and, much like the authoritative and controlling approach set by Ferguson, Ten Hag has demanded to know everything about his players both on and off the pitch.

The new boss is yet to meet with the complete squad, although he had talked with a handful of players via Zoom and WhatsApp. But ahead of the preseason, Ten Hag is reported to be seeking information about each player’s home and family life, alongside a comprehensive run-down of their character.

According to the report, he has requested information on where each player is going on holiday; a strategy Ten Hag is seemingly deploying to ensure his squad returns to pre-season in the best shape possible.

The Red Devils return to pre-season training on June 27 and Ten Hag will hope that keeping a watchful eye on holiday activity will prevent any inappropriate behaviour and allow his players to return fully focused on next season.

The Dutchman’s disciplinary method of keeping his house in order earned him the nickname ‘The Headmaster’ during his time in Amsterdam.