Ten Hag reveals fitness key to successful system at Man Utd

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag admits player fitness is key to his system being successful.

There have been double training sessions in Bangkok and the less humid conditions of Australia’s mid-winter.

“This is why we started them quite early,” said Ten Hag. “Fitness but also I wanted to bring in a certain way of playing. It won’t be done when we finish pre-season, but when we finish pre-season we have to get results. We want to play proactive, attacking football where it’s possible. We want to play good but if we don’t play good we still have to win.

“I have a strategy. It’s a process, it takes time. But in the end we have to make sure from the outset there is a winning team.

“We are trying to bring the confidence back. You can see that it affects the players. Now we have to cheer them up and motivate them. That is one of the important points to get success: that you have self-belief as an individual and as a team.