New Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag kicked off his reign with three wins and a draw on their pre-season excursions of Asia and Australia.
Regardless of lacking wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo they comfortably beat Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace, and drew with Aston Villa, as they rely right down to the brand new Premier League season in two weeks.
AFP Sport appears at how United are shaping up beneath the previous Ajax boss.
Ronaldo desires out of the membership. He did not report for pre-season coaching on the membership’s Carrington coaching complicated and missed their tour on account of a “household situation”.
However Ten Hag mentioned he had spoken to the unsettled famous person striker and insisted he was “not on the market”.
The 37-year-old’s try and pressure his manner out of Outdated Trafford has additionally did not spark the anticipated rush for his signature.
“We’re planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that is it and I am wanting ahead to working with him,” the brand new boss mentioned in Thailand.
He could also be within the twilight of his profession, however Ronaldo scored 24 objectives in all competitions final season and was named the membership’s participant of the yr.
There was hypothesis that England defender Harry Maguire could possibly be dumped as captain and dropped altogether after receiving intense criticism from followers final season over his performances.
However Ten Hag swiftly put that to mattress by handing the skilled worldwide centre-back the armband for his or her pre-season tour and saying that he would stay the membership captain past that.
“He’s a longtime captain for a couple of years and he has achieved a whole lot of success, so I do not doubt about this situation,” the Dutchman mentioned forward of the opening sport in opposition to Liverpool in Bangkok, which Maguire missed with a niggle.
The 29-year-old began in opposition to Palace in Melbourne however was focused by some followers with boos.
Ten Hag might be certain about him, however it appears that evidently some supporters are going to wish much more convincing.
With Ronaldo a no-show, ahead Anthony Martial grabbed his likelihood to impress the brand new boss with three well-taken objectives on tour.
The 26-year-old’s profession at United regarded over after spending the second half of final season on mortgage at Sevilla, however he seems revitalised.
Sharp and energetic, he linked nicely up entrance with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho as he fights for his future.
Martial loved his greatest spell at United beneath one other Dutchman, Louis van Gaal, with the early indicators pointing to the equally methodical Ten Hag additionally in a position to deliver the most effective out of the French worldwide.
Ten Hag has bought robust along with his gamers, deploying a system of fines in the event that they step out of line and reportedly banning alcohol throughout match weeks.
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes welcomed the stricter strategy.
“We missed that for some time and self-discipline is vital,” the Portuguese worldwide mentioned.
“Self-discipline is just not solely the best way you play, the place that you’ve got, what it’s important to do, it is also off the pitch.
“Do not be late for the conferences, do not be late for the meals.
“That is actually vital as a result of if everyone seems to be on time and somebody comes late, he ought to be punished.”
Ten Hag has made three key signings as his new-look squad takes form — midfielder Christian Eriksen and defenders Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord and Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez.
Malacia was the one one on tour and confirmed his credentials when he got here on at left-back for Luke Shaw.
However it’s the skilled midfield schemer Eriksen, who joined from Brentford, that Ten Hag appears most enthusiastic about.
“I believe he’s an impressive soccer participant and I believe the followers will get pleasure from watching him as a result of he is artistic, he has concepts,” Ten Hag mentioned of the 30-year-old Dane, who could be an asset in dead-ball conditions.
United are nonetheless haggling with Barcelona for Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Ten Hag says he desires extra new faces.