Rafael van der Vaart has warned underperforming Man Utd players that they “will get thrown out” under Erik ten Hag.
The arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window were meant to kick the Red Devils on towards a title challenge.
But instead Man Utd have gone backwards with the club currently lying in seventh position in the Premier League table with seven games of the season remaining.
Widespread reports yesterday insisted that Ajax boss Ten Hag had accepted an offer from Man Utd to become the new permanent boss at Old Trafford.
There have been rumours of rifts and a split dressing room all season and Van der Vaart has warned the current crop of Man Utd flops that the time for “excuses” has run out under Ten Hag.
Van der Vaart said on Ziggo Sport (via the Metro) : “Ten Hag to Manchester United? It’s nice. You don’t let a club like Manchester United wait.
“These players at Manchester United don’t have any excuses anymore. They made so many managers leave while they are playing so bad.
“Now they get a manager who will be very clear and will present his plan. Those who won’t cooperate will get thrown out.”
Meanwhile, former Man Utd assistant manager Steve McClaren has claimed that Ten Hag is “meticulous” in his planning for matches and sees things “nobody else” can.
“We were starting pre-season training the day after I was appointed,” McClaren told The Athletic.
“He brought out this folder, and there were six weeks worth of pre-season training planned in there. Every minute of every day was laid out, from drinks sessions to warming down, to individual work. It was so detailed. I’d not seen anything like it before, and I’ve not seen anything like it since.
“He would prepare meticulous game plans about the opposition. How we were going to press, how we were going to build up. I thought I knew football before, but going there and experiencing that… I knew nothing about football.”
McClaren added: “He [Ten Hag] could see things in the game that nobody else could see, myself included
“I have to sit up in the stands to see the patterns of a game, but he could stand on the touchline [and see them]. He always knew the answer to everything, how to change shape, change positions.
“His adjustments in the games — obviously I had worked with Sir Alex, and I used to think that some of his subs and changes were strange, but they always worked. Erik is the same in that respect.”
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