Training program

Ten Hag puts Man United star on special training schedule and worries about Maguire update

Erik ten Hag is preparing for an early kick-off against Southampton.

The Red Devils are set to travel to the south coast for Saturday’s opener and keen to replicate Monday’s performance and result against rivals Liverpool, ten Hag will already have his starting 11 in mind, and for club captain Harry Maguire, that doesn’t necessarily include him.

Despite the team armband, Maguire found himself on the bench for the Red Devils for Monday’s blockbuster clash at Old Trafford, and admitting there are no guarantees as to the future inclusion of the ‘English, ten Hag, who spoke to reporters on Friday, quoted by The sunsaid: “It doesn’t mean that when you’re captain you’re set to always play, especially when you have Varane in your squad as well.”

Speaking of Raphael Varane, the Frenchman is clearly going to play an important role for ten Hag but even though he has bags of experience and four Champions League trophies to his name, the Dutch tactician has spotted a potential weakness.

Speaking to Varane, ten Hag revealed that the former Real Madrid star has gone through an individual training program designed to improve his physical stature.

“Varane’s stature is huge and in pre-season we made the decision to build him up physically, so he had a bit of a slow start,” said the 52-year-old.