Steve McClaren warns Manchester United ahead of pre-season training over ‘non-negotiable things’ | Soccer

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Manchester United assistant manager Steve McCLaren says he and Erik ten Hag will work to change the culture at Old Trafford next season by implementing a number of “non-negotiable things”.

The former England manager will join Ten Hag this season after working with the Dutchman when he was manager at FC Twente.

McClaren has experience with the Theater of Dreams, having joined the club midway through the Treble campaign in 1999 as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant before leaving two years later.

One of the biggest accusations leveled at the club last season was the squad’s poor attitude, whether under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Ralf Rangnick.

McClaren says body language is an issue with modern players but the club’s culture needs to change if United are to achieve results, with the former Wolfsburg boss warning that anyone who doesn’t comply could leave the club .

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Ten Hag wants to change the culture at Old Trafford (Photo by Yannick Verhoeven/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

“Those are the things we need to do, the things we all need to connect to.” McClaren explained to his son on hers McClaren Performance Podcast.

“Games are won Monday through Friday, if you get it right Monday through Friday, games are won on Saturday. Everyone has to bring energy.

McClaren cited the example of Mauricio Pochettino as proof that weeding out non-compliant players can help create a strong culture at a club.

“Pochettino talks about creating the culture, if nobody brought energy, he took it out [at Tottenham]they had to bring some kind of energy to the group,” McCLaren said.

“You have to be ready, ready to train, you have to be ready to play, ready to hit as a sub, you have to react,” he said.

“A lot of people now, body language arms in the air, you have to react to get that ball back, win that ball back, whatever the situation, react quickly, don’t think about it.

“When I first went to Manchester United there were very few rules other than what they did; They did the right things, and when they didn’t do the right things, they owned it and they faced the consequences and accepted the consequences.

“And I think if you have those non-negotiable things, you can’t go wrong.”

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