Man Utd players arrive for training but first-team flops have day off after punishment session leaves them in ‘ruins’


MANCHESTER UNITED’s first-team stars have been given the day off after enduring a gruelling punishment following their horror show at Brentford.

In the aftermath of the 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Bees, boss Erik ten Hag ordered his players to come in on their day off yesterday.

Anthony Martial reports for duty


Anthony Martial reports for dutyCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Tahith Chong arrives at Carrington


Tahith Chong arrives at CarringtonCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

Flops were made to run 8.5 miles in suffocating 33 degree heat – marking the further distance covered by Thomas Frank’s side on Saturday.

Only those uninvolved clocked in for duty today.

The injured Anthony Martial rocked up to Carrington today, while academy graduate Tahith Chong was also at the training ground.

Other stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and David de Gea stayed at home.

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In a brutal interview after Saturday’s match, Ten Hag said: “It’s quite clear. It’s rubbish. It’s poor and we need higher standards than that.

“I can bring up several things but that looks like excuses. And that is not there in the top we have to deliver and we didn’t do.”

United stars were reportedly left “in ruins” by yesterday’s brutal running session.

The MEN claim that there was a huge dressing room argument in the Red Devils camp on Thursday last week.


SunSport revealed last week that United players are fed with the Ronaldo situation hanging over the club.

Many would rather that the 37-year-old would be moved on, as they feel his stance and attitude is sapping morale.

Ronaldo believes he had a gentleman’s agreement that if United did not make it into the Champions League places he would be allowed to leave.

But the club owners the Glazers insist he is not for sale, leading to resentment from the sulking five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

United tried to bolster their forward line by signing 33-year-old Marko Arnautovic – but pulled out of a potential deal after experiencing a huge backlash from fans and pundits.

Erik ten Hag has plenty of dilemmas to stew upon


Erik ten Hag has plenty of dilemmas to stew uponCredit: Alamy


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