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Erik ten Hag confesses a ‘lack of positive culture’ at United

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has stated that he inherited a club with a “lack of a positive culture” after Jadon Sancho was instructed to train separately from the first team.

Sancho is facing disciplinary action for publicly stating on social media that he was being made a “scapegoat” following his exclusion from the squad in the defeat against Arsenal before the international break.

Ten Hag declined multiple opportunities to address the situation regarding the winger when questioned ahead of Manchester United‘s upcoming Premier League match against Brighton at Old Trafford.

Sancho’s recent misconduct is just one in a series of off-field disciplinary challenges that the Dutch manager has had to address since his appointment last summer. He also emphasized that part of his role was to establish a stronger sense of discipline within the club.

Ten Hag claims Antony is ok but disappointed

Ten Hag said: “Strict lines is what the club asked me because there was no good culture before I entered last season, so to set good standards, that is what I did and it is my job to control the standards.

“Of course, it is never someone only makes one mistake, it is a whole process before you come to a certain outcome about strict lines.

“If staff or players or whoever, there is a structure to cross lines so you have to be strong.”

Although Jadon Sancho’s future at the club remains uncertain and Antony is currently away from the team due to allegations of violence towards women, Erik ten Hag asserts that the Manchester United squad is in good spirits.

“I think everything is said. So the squad is strong, the squad is in good spirits and good mood going into the game,” he said.

“You have sometimes setbacks in seasons, players are injured or for other reasons are not available, so you construct a squad and the squad is very good and the players who are available are very motivated to give a good performance.”

Asked whether he knew how long Antony would be away, he replied: “I have no idea. Of course he is disappointed, but he is OK.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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