Erik ten Hag’s mannequin precision, sweat patches and Man Utd players hit Torrey Pines
The few hundred Manchester United supporters who had flocked to University College San Diego to watch Erik ten Hag’s squad train before their flight to Las Vegas were given a glimpse of just how particular the manager can be. All the training pitches had been set up in advance by Ten Hag’s back room staff, including Mitchell van der Gaag, Eric Ramsay and Darren Fletcher.
But it turned out a blue mannequin was not in the precise position Ten Hag wanted it and so he was spotted moving it six inches to the right. Then, a few minutes later, the Dutchman was back again to move it another six inches.
United’s players were put through their paces for 90 minutes before Ten Hag and a few members of the squad attended to media duties. A drone hovered overhead filming all of United’s training. Ten Hag’s side are due to face Borussia Dortmund at the stunning Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in their final tour matches in the early hours on Monday.
United’s players wear glucose monitors in training
All of United’s players have been wearing continuous blood glucose monitors on tour as part of a larger so-called fuelling study as the club look to hone the specific nutrition strategies for individual players. United’s stars will also be wearing sweat patches going forward as part of a larger study to analyse the individual hydration assessing sweat rate and body composition of players. Both of the interventions – driven by United’s physical performance department – are designed to optimise and individualise nutrition strategies.
Sources say this tour has seen more individual player intervention than ever before at the club and form part of Ten Hag’s drive to raise standards across the board. United feel the study will help boost performance on the pitch but also give the club more scope to target the specific needs of players.