‘He is a master’: Tobias Schweinsteiger reveals what Man Utd can expect from Erik ten Hag at Carrington

The German was captain under Ten Hag when the latter was Bayern Munich II coach.

Tobias Schweinsteiger has revealed incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is a ‘master’ when it comes to training his teams.

The latter was chosen as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor and will take charge at Old Trafford at the end of the season on a three-year deal.

Schweinsteiger, who was captain of Bayern’s youth team when Ten Hag was in charge between 2013 and 2015, has given United fans an insight to what their new manager does in training sessions.

Speaking to MUTV Live, Tobias, brother of former Red Devils midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, dubbed Ten Hag a ‘role model’.

“We worked together for two years, two complete seasons, in the Under-23s team,” Schweinsteiger said.


"I have been his captain over these two years and for me, yeah, he is a role model. It’s because of him that I started coaching.

“He was always talking to me and I was talking to him and he always talked like: ‘Tobi, think like a player. Don’t think like a coach because you’re still a player.’ But he gave me that feeling that there could be a talent for me in coaching.

“For me, he’s a role model. He’s developed over the years. I met him three years ago on a visit in Amsterdam for one week. I visited him and the [Ajax] first team, and also the youth teams, he showed me everything. He was so open. He showed me their philosophy, his philosophy, what he developed, his style of coaching, his style of leadership. For me, he is one of the best coaches in Europe, for sure.”

Ten Hag has guided Ajax to two Eredivisie, two Dutch Cups, one Johan Cruyff Shield and the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019 and will now look to bring a different style to Old Trafford this summer.

ten Hag has been with Ajax since 2017 leading them to two League titles

Schweinsteiger believes the Red Devils squad will develop under Ten Hag’s leadership, outlining the Dutchman ‘won’t stop’ until his training sessions are ‘perfect’.


“He is a master in training sessions," declared the 40-year-old.

"I remember we had long training sessions in the second team and, in the club, there were some rumours about long training sessions in the Under-23s.

“After a few weeks, we recognised why were doing long training sessions. He wanted us to be perfect and would stop the training session if it doesn’t work and if it was not perfect at all. And, from time to time, the training sessions weren’t that long anymore because we were better. We were improved and, in rondos, in pressing situations, we were better and better, so the time was shorter on the pitch.

"But, yeah, he was, for me, the first coach when I felt like a training session made sense. Before, training sessions were okay – this part, this part and then that part. He was the first coach, for me, from the warm-up to the last match on the pitch it was like okay, one seam and we are working on that until it’s perfect.

"That’s a big part of my training philosophy as well, also with the education and the UEFA pro-licence I did last season, that’s a big part – to have one seam and work in that seam until it’s perfect. Don’t stop until it’s perfect. He is that guy who doesn’t stop until it is perfect.”