What Van de Beek Has Told ‘Worried’ Man Utd Players About Erik ten Hag

Ajax's Donny van de Beek and coach Erik ten Hag during training.

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Erik ten Hag’s impending arrival has led to Donny van de Beek being bombarded with questions from Man Utd teammates.

A number of United players preferred Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager over the Ajax boss, particularly due to their familiarity with the Argentine’s work at Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Now that Joel Glazer and Richard Arnold have decided to appoint Ten Hag, United stars have started gathering information on their incoming manager.

According to the Mirror, ‘worried’ United players have been contacting Van de Beek, who is on loan at Everton, to get the ‘inside track’ on Ten Hag and his methods. The Netherlands international shined under the Dutch tactician in the Champions League in 2019 before moving to Old Trafford.

Van de beek has allegedly told his teammates how demanding his former manager is to play for, warning them they are in for a shock once he takes charge of the affairs at Carrington.

Further, the 24-year-old recounted Ten Hag’s training sessions are ‘on a different level’ to what they’ve been used to under current and previous regimes at United. Apart from running ‘like they’ve never run before’ United players will have to get used to a really intense management style, as Ten Hag is a ‘perfectionist’ and controls every aspect of his players, including their diets.

While some players at the club might be worried, Van de Beek surely must be thrilled by the prospect of training again under Ten Hag.