Ten Hag details World Cup plans for Man Utd squad

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has provided detailed insight on his plans for managing his squad during the World Cup.

The Red Devils and other teams around the world will have to contend with their players heading to international team camps and the World Cup in Qatar until mid-December.

During a “fan press conference” at United’s Carrington training facility on Wednesday, ten Hag touched on the subject of managing those players who may not be called up to World Cup action.

“We have a lot of players that are going to the World Cup and we are happy with that,” he stated.

“As it means we have top-class players.

“They go in for their nations, in different styles and different systems. They will play their games and hopefully most will be on the pitch as that guarantees they will keep fit. When you are not playing, I am a little bit concerned about them.

“For the ones that stay behind – and there are not a lot – it gives us the opportunity, first of all, to reflect on the last period and to make new plans, not only on how we are going in the right direction but how we can improve.”

“We have a proper programme for them and they have a short time for relaxation, because after we return, around Christmas, we will go through to the end of May,” he added.

“So they will have a short period of relaxation off but then we will go to a training camp to Cadiz, we will play games, we will come back and play another game – hopefully we win tomorrow [against Aston Villa] and have that next round of the Carabao Cup and then we have to be ready for the season to restart.

“It depends on how the players come back – and we have a plan for them – it depends on how far they come in the World Cup, when they return into training. That’s the idea.”