‘It’s up to us now’: Scott McTominay reveals what Erik ten Hag expects of his Man Utd squad next season
The Manchester United no.39 has given an insight as to what it’s like to work under Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff.
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The Red Devils pre-season preparations got underway on June 27 with Ten Hag looking to implement his training and playing style on the squad.
United, who recorded their lowest points tally (58) last season in the Premier League, will be hoping a change in manager will lead to a better performance on the pitch in the new campaign.
The clash against bitter rivals Liverpool is the first of a four-match tour of Thailand and Australia and will see the Red Devils try and implement Ten Hag’s philosophies.
Scott McTominay has given an insight into how United’s new boss and coaching staff are preparing for the new season and believes it’s now ‘up to’ the players to ‘push’ with Ten Hag’s vision.
“He’s got an idea of the way he wants to play, and he executes it really, really well in terms of getting across to the players,” McTominay told the club’s media team.
“[It is] the same with [assistant coach] Mitchell [van der Gaag]. The philosophy and the ideas of the style of play for us [are] clear to see.
“It’s up to us as players now to really take the message on board and push with everything we’ve got, all year.”
The Red Devils finished sixth in the table last campaign, qualifying for the Europa League group stages. Despite this, the overall performance from the club was underwhelming and caused pundits and fans to criticise the club’s hierarchy, staff and players.
This is something the club will not be looking to repeat next season with McTominay reiterating that Ten Hag wants his squad to ‘work hard’ and ‘focus’ in the new term.
“[You have] that energy from last year,” he said. “All that energy should be put now into the new one,” McTominay said.
“As the manager reiterated, we’re here to work hard. We’re not here to go and sightsee and see all of Thailand.
“It’s time to work and it’s really time to focus for sure.”
United’s fans could get their first sight of new signing Tyrell Malacia against Liverpool on Tuesday, while McTominay could also feature - kick-off in Bangkok is a 2pm BST.