Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has admitted that training sessions have been ‘a lot of hard work’ under new manager Erik ten Hag.
Ten Hag has been working the United squad for the last couple of weeks and is now preparing for his first game in charge as the Red Devils face Liverpool in a friendly in Bangkok on Tuesday.
United players were heavily criticised last season for a perceived lack of application under successive managers in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick. It contributed to a fifth trophyless campaign, and the club’s lowest points tally and worst defensive record in the Premier League era.
Ten Hag is known for demanding a lot from his players and that hasn’t changed since being appointed in Manchester. But even though it has been tough, Lindelof insists things have been good.
“It’s been great, obviously a lot of hard work and a lot of tough sessions. But that’s how it should be during a pre-season to get the fitness levels up,” he defender told Sky Sports.
“Training sessions have been really good, [Ten Hag] demands a lot from us and expects us to perform at a high level. It’s been great.
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“We want to play good football – want to have the ball and attack as well. We’ve been working a lot on different things during training sessions
“Obviously he knows how he wants to play with the ball and without the ball, so of course we’ve been working on a lot of different things during these two weeks.”