Erik ten Hag has been blasted by Gabby Agbonlahor over some of the strict new rules that he has implemented since becoming Manchester United manager.
The Dutchman made headlines earlier this summer when it was revealed that he had given his new squad a bunch of new rules to adhere to following his appointment, including the banning of alcohol on match weeks and strict guidelines on food and personal chefs.
Bruno Fernandes has since come out and backed Ten Hag's tough new approach, with the midfielder admitting that United's flops lacked discipline last term as they slumped to their worst-ever Premier League finish. But Agbonlahor is adamant that the former Ajax chief is "overdoing it" by demanding that players shun personal chefs and instead eat club prepared meals.
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Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: "The players don’t [drink anymore], they’ll maybe have now a glass of red with dinner, maybe on the weekend or something. The rules Ten Hag is giving are normal rules. Players will always get weighed once or twice a week. That’s normal to keep tabs on what you eat.
"With the drinking, the players don’t do it anyway, so when he’s come in and given out these rules, the players are probably thinking, ‘We do this anyway, gaffer, it’s nothing new to us’
"I feel like that’s overkill, [with the ban on] personal chefs, they’re going to cook them healthy food. Maybe just tell them these are the sort of foods you’ve got to eat. I think he’s overdoing it a bit now because players are going to have personal chefs. They can cook healthy food, they know what foods to feed players, so why would they need to take food from the training ground?"
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Despite Agbonlahor's criticism, Ten Hag has made a strong early impression at United as he bids to revitalise the club both on and off the pitch. United have looked impressive on their pre-season tour and have already bagged a morale boosting win over Liverpool.
And things are even beginning to look up in the transfer market after weeks of inactivity. Ten Hag has now made three summer signings after the club finally struck a deal with Ajax for Lisandro Martinez last week.
The Argentina international is set to join Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen in making the switch to Old Trafford.
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