Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has spoken out about the locker room he inherited.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has reiterated Cristiano Ronaldo’s concerns about the мentality of the Red Devils’ dressing room. Ten Hag has stated that he found a team missing ‘passion’ and ‘dynamics’ when he joined the Premier League club from Ajax in the summer.
The Dutchman took over a United club that had placed sixth in the Premier League the previous season and had struggled for form under interim head coach Ralf Rangnick. He was astounded by the squad’s lack of мental fortitude.
“There was no atmosphere in it (the dressing room), I didn’t see any team dynamics in the team,” Ten Hag told Voetbal International in the Netherlands.
“мental toughness was really low. This group lacked a battling spirit, care for one another, and a focus on the team. For me, the most important thing was to change the culture.”
He rеvеalеd that the summer arrival of five-times Champions League winner Casemiro from Real Madrid was vital in altering the мentality of his side, adding: “To obtain that (change of culture) in the dressing room, you need personalities.
“That’s why Casemiro’s acquisition was so critical. He can expedite the process since he understands what it takes to win trophies.”
Ten Hag’s impressions of the United dressing room he first entered mesh with what sacked former United star Ronaldo told Piers Morgan in his tell-all interview. Ronaldo was disappointed that United had not progressed in the 12 years since his initial transfer to Real Madrid in 2009.
Ronaldo attacked the club’s мentality, claiming that the English giants could no longer be compared to Europe’s biggest clubs. “In my opinion, advancement at United was zero,” the 37-year-old, whose contract was terminated following the interview, told Morgan.
“To compare with Real Madrid and even Juventus, that they follow the rest of the world, so the technology, especially in terms of training, nutrition and conditioning, eat properly and to recover better than before – shocked me.
“Manchester United is currently trailing that club in my perspective, which astonished me. In my perspective, a club of this size should be at the top of the tree, but they aren’t. They do not belong at that level. But I am hopeful that in the coming years they will be able to compete at the highest level.
“I’m not sure what’s going on, but since Sir Alex Ferguson left, I’ve seen no evolution in the club, no progress.”