Erik ten Hag takes his first training session at Manchester United as pre-season begins with the return of Steve McClaren and Marcus Rashford, while starlet Alejandro Garnacho cuts short his vacation but Cristiano Ronaldo is not there yet


Erik ten Hag spoke to Manchester United players for ‘several minutes’ before taking charge of his first training session as manager.

There will be a staggered return to training for individuals due to their commitments with their respective national teams, however, there were a number of recognizable faces during the new boss’ first session.

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Preparations for the new season are underway

It was the first chance for Ten Hag to take a look at their new players

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It was the first chance for Ten Hag to take a look at their new players

Players such as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and David de Gea returned to the Carrington base as preparations for the new season were underway.

Fellow Dutchman Donny van de Beek cut an enthusiastic figure on reuniting with his former Ajax boss.

Anthony Martial also showed up for training, whose future at Old Trafford looks in doubt after returning from a poor loan spell at Sevilla in the second half of the 2021/22 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo, however, was not there as he is one of the players enjoying a long break after playing for Portugal immediately after the end of the season.

The 37-year-old is with his family in Mallorca but as you’d expect he’s still training as he prepares for another Premier League season.

An old club friend was also seen on the training ground as Ten Hag’s assistant Steve McClaren, who worked as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant for two years, walked through the gates.


Ronaldo trains alone while on vacation with his family

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Ronaldo trains alone while on vacation with his family

Before heading to the pitch, the players underwent routine medical tests and gym work before heading to the training grounds in the afternoon, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The report adds that Ten Hag, flanked by McClaren and coach Mitchell van der Gaag, then spoke to a combined group of first-team members and Under-21 players for ‘several minutes’ at the start of the session.

The players spent over two hours on the grass, most of it ball work with running drills included.

During the session, FA Youth Cup hero starlet Alejandro Garnacho made a quick return to training despite playing in the Toulon tournament for the Argentina Under-20 side. His last game was on June 10.

Local reports also add that some players who arrived before 9am stayed until 4pm.

First-choice goalkeeper David de Gea showed up for training

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First-choice goalkeeper David de Gea showed up for training

So has substitute goalkeeper Tom Heaton, but there is no sign of Dean Henderson, who is closing in on a loan move to Nottingham Forest.

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So has substitute goalkeeper Tom Heaton, but there is no sign of Dean Henderson, who is closing in on a loan move to Nottingham Forest.

Brandon Williams also returns after spending the 2021/22 season on loan at Norwich, who finished last in the Premier League

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Brandon Williams also returns after spending the 2021/22 season on loan at Norwich, who finished last in the Premier League

It's been a huge season for Van de Beek, who has had a torrid time since signing for Man United in the summer of 2020

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It’s been a huge season for Van de Beek, who has had a torrid time since signing for Man United in the summer of 2020

It's unclear if Martial has a future at the club

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It’s unclear if Martial has a future at the club

Ten Hag and his assistant Van der Gaag have a huge job to do

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Ten Hag and his assistant Van der Gaag have a huge job to do

But they got McClaren's experience to appeal

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But they got McClaren’s experience to appeal

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be desperate to regain his form after a poor 2021/22 season

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be desperate to regain his form after a poor 2021/22 season

Just like Marcus Rashford, who has experienced a downward spiral on the pitch in recent seasons

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Just like Marcus Rashford, who has experienced a downward spiral on the pitch in recent seasons

Jadon Sancho also struggled for long stretches of the season

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Jadon Sancho also struggled for long stretches of the season

Victor Lindelof showed up for training.  Harry Maguire, who was linked with a shock move to Barcelona this summer, will return later

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Victor Lindelof showed up for training. Harry Maguire, who was linked with a shock move to Barcelona this summer, will return later

But 17-year-old striker Garnacho cut short his break to attend Ten Hag's first training session

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But 17-year-old striker Garnacho cut short his break to attend Ten Hag’s first training session

Charlie Savage, son of ex-player Robbie, was also in training

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Charlie Savage, son of ex-player Robbie, was also in training

Ten Hag's job at Man United is much harder than making a few keepers, that's for sure

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Ten Hag’s job at Man United is much harder than making a few keepers, that’s for sure

Ten Hag is expected to hit the ground running following his move from Ajax where he ended his time there as league champions.

Last season United’s 58-point tally was their worst tally in 32 years as they finished the campaign in sixth place.

It was 13 points from Champions League qualifying and 35 points from champions and rivals Man City.

Moreover, the club have conceded the most goals in a league season (57) since 1978/79.

Ten Hag could soon be joined by new signings if they can land Barcelona’s main target Frenkie de Jong.

Reports add that the midfielder, who played for the Ajax manager, could join the club this week if talks with the Spanish side are successful.

The new Premier League season starts on Friday August 5.

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