Manchester United players have had their day off cancelled by Erik ten Hag following a humiliating loss to Brentford.
The Dutchman was furious about his side’s performance in the 4-0 defeat which has left the Red Devils bottom of the Premier League table after two games.
It was a chastening experience for the Man United players, who reportedly felt the wrath of the former Ajax boss in the changing room at half-time of the loss.
Ten Hag and numerous stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bruno Fernandes, have been criticised for the result as the decline of a once great club continues.
But, in an attempt to right the wrongs of Saturday night immediately, their new manager halted plans for a Sunday off and called his stars in for extra training, according to The Times.
Even though the club would have returned back to Manchester late last night, Ten Hag was back at his desk early this morning before his players arrived.
But former Premier League striker Tony Cascarino reckons Ten Hag’s move to switch styles from goal-kicks during the Brentford game showcases an ineptitude.
He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I get frustrated when I hear about playing to a certain style because if the team you’re playing against are good at stopping you, don’t try and attempt it.
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“Man City can do it and Liverpool can do it, because their players are much more capable. Alisson sometimes, with me as Liverpool fan, I’ve got my heart in my hands thinking, ‘wow, what are you trying to do there?’
“But there are very few teams in world that can play that way and get away with it. Barcelona could and did it for years, Real Madrid’s midfield can have the ball in nearly any position because they are all so experienced and so good on the ball.
“The counter argument to that, if you’re meant to do that, and that’s the idea, you just continue to do it, well, why in the second half did they boot the long ball nearly every time.
“If you’re meant to play that way, why did you adopt a different attitude in the second half? If you’re meant to play that way you stay with that idea but they can’t they will get beaten badly every week if that’s the case.”
Not only that, Cascarino revealed he laughed at a change of roles for summer signing Christian Eriksen.
The Dane, who arrived on a free transfer after six month with United’s vanquishers Brentford, was in a false nine role in the opening weekend loss to Brighton before playing as a deep-lying midfielder against his former club.
Eriksen then made an error for the second goal as part of their goal-kick tactics.
And Cascarino, when asked what he thought of the role change, said: “Well, I laughed.
“He went from centre-forward last week to holding midfielder this week. That’s the coach to me.
“I’ve watched Eriksen for 10 years, I’ve watched him against the Republic of Ireland in an international and he ruined us.
“I’ve watched him for Brentford, Tottenham, and other clubs and think, ‘what is his best position?’ It’s as a midfielder who gets on the ball and he always looks for space.
“You can play him deeper at times because he can pick the ball up and use it, but I’d rather him creating and making things happen in forward areas.”
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