Manchester United ended their pre-season tour on Sunday with a 1-1 draw in opposition to Spanish opposition Rayo Vallecano. The ultimate recreation of United’s comparatively profitable pre-season tour marked the top of the workforce’s preparations forward of the brand new marketing campaign, after matches in Bangkok, Australia, and Oslo in opposition to Liverpool, Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, and Atletico Madrid.
All consideration by each the membership and the followers has now shifted to the Premier League opening fixture on Sunday in opposition to Brighton and Hove Albion at Outdated Trafford.
United’s assistant coach Steve McClaren spoke to membership media on the Crimson’s preparation and his ideas on the best way the gamers have taken to Erik ten Hag’s fashion of play and soccer philosophy.
Talking on the gamers and their attitudes, McClaren was stuffed with reward for the group, who he described as “nice gamers to work with.”
McClaren additionally make clear the brand new supervisor’s coaching classes and the way the gamers have taken these classes on board. “As we acquired to know the gamers, an increasing number of into coaching classes and so they know the calls for, the depth, the competitors, the successful and shedding.”
“You may really feel the noise and the amount in coaching, dressing room, across the lodge and Carrington, begin to construct. They had been a bit of quiet the primary week, the coaching was very demanding.”
McClaren in his interview identified the supervisor’s tactical tweaks and the way these have already began to take form inside matches, one thing that has been evident throughout United’s pre-season video games.
“I imply you’ve seen little bits of it in pre-season. The mix of the entrance three, the work price of the midfield, the group on the again. These are good gamers and so they actually are.”
On the temper contained in the dressing room, United’s assistant coach remarked, “I’ve been into many, many dressing rooms and plenty of dressing rooms for the primary two, three, 4 weeks you form of know and might scent it. And I’ve acquired feeling about this dressing room. You may’t win soccer matches with out workforce spirit. You can not win.”
On being requested what might be totally different between final season and this season, McClaren emphasised a cultural reboot that was at present taking place throughout the membership and the coaching floor.
“It’s a must to have atmosphere. It’s a must to have tradition. It’s a must to have gamers keen to run and that’s the important thing. Final season, seasons are gone. The historical past is gone. It’s previous.”
“It’s concerning the future and we’ve acquired a possibility to create that in a sure fashion and Erik needs to see that occur. They [the players] need that self-discipline, they wish to know what their jobs are. They need suggestions on it. As a result of they wish to win.”
In a rallying name, McClaren mentioned, “I’m afraid at Manchester United, it’s a must to win.”