Erik ten Hag has failed to prevent the steady flow of leaks to come out of Manchester United with reports of “full-blown arguments” followed by the manager’s reported fury at the players’ lack of knowledge about the club.
It was claimed on Sunday, ahead of United’s trip to Everton, that Ten Hag encouraged the United players to talk through their mistakes in the Manchester derby.
In a meeting on Monday ‘passions boiled over’ in a ‘frank and heated’ analysis session of the 6-3 defeat, during which Lisandro Martinez and Scott McTominay are said to have shouted loudest.
“One player told another to ‘concentrate on your own f***ing game’” in a session Ten Hag “actively encouraged”.
But Ten Hag doesn’t just want his players to be angry, he also wants them to be better informed on the history of Manchester United.
The Dutch boss was left ‘stunned’ by the players’ lack of knowledge of the club’s history and DNA after some admitted they had never even visited the club museum.
A United insider told The Sun: “The manager was furious with the performance against City.
“He was saying to the players that anyone representing Manchester United cannot freeze and get beaten so badly.
“He said: ‘You’re playing for United. Do you not know what that means, given the history of the club?’.”
Our source added: “He asked them what they knew about the club. When some said they had never been to look around the museum or only walked through it, he was astounded.
“He’s visited twice since joining this summer.
“He has told all the players they need to make time to go in either before it opens or after it closes, so they can learn more about what it means to represent United.”
United have been English champions a record 20 times and have won three European Cups and 17 domestic cup competitions.
They won the Treble in 1999 and they became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968.
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