Erik ten Hag makes his stance clear after Man Utd duo involved in training fight


The Manchester United boss is yet to take charge of the Red Devils in a competitive fixture but is already laying down the law with his players inside the dressing roomVideo LoadingVideo UnavailableManchester United 2022/23 season previewManchester United boss Erik ten Hag has left little doubt in the minds of his players over whether he will stand for any unhelpful drama on or off the pitch next term. The Dutchman has proved this by culling Brazilian full-back Alex Telles from the first-team squad – just months after he was one half of a traning ground bust-up with teammate Hannibal Mejbri. The in-house spat came in the aftermath of United’s humiliating 4-0 defeat away at Brighton at the tail-end of last term when morale was at its lowest. Ten Hag was yet to actually take the reins at that point, but then-manager Ralf Rangnick was reportedly so dismayed by what he had witnessed from the two players he ended the training session prematurely. Shortly after, the problem became Ten Hag’s when he officially started his role – but he has acted in a far more decisive manner than his predecessor. Not one to suffer fools gladly, Ten Hag quickly established a plan to restore the harmony within the team. It is one that has since come to fruition, with Telles being sent out to Spain to ply his trade for Sevilla on loan for a season. Hannibal has managed to avoid exile, perhaps Ten Hag was charmed by the Tunisian international’s work ethic after he recently vowed to help turn things around on the pitch following United’s worst season in their Premier League history. “I said to myself, ‘Oh yeah, I need to work hard!'” Hannibal told Pro-Direct Soccer France. “I didn’t come here for nothing, not to have on my CV: ‘I played for United’. I came to prove to the world that a young person from Paris, from the neighbourhood, can come and impose himself. And me…I’m ready to risk everything to succeed at United.” Meanwhile, former Porto star Telles only joined United in 2020, but has really struggled to make a case as to why he should be the club’s starting left-back on a long-term basis with a string of inconsistent performances. For a transfer fee of £15.4million, many of the Old Trafford faithful would have expected more. Alex Telles and Hannibal Mejbri clashed in training at the back end of last season HAVE YOUR SAY! Has Ten Hag made the right decision by allowing Telles to leave? Comment below With the recent purchase of Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord, it became even clearer that Telles was surplus to requirements in the eyes of Ten Hag. While the decision is largely performance-related, it is likely that Ten Hag did not take kindly to hearing of the clash involving Telles last May and could be sending a message out to the rest of the squad. By making an example of Telles, Ten Hag is reminding the rest of his Old Trafford troops that training ground bust-ups and generally poor attitude will not be tolerated on his watch. It is important to note, however, that the spell in Sevilla does not necessarily mark the end of Telles’ United career. He is only following the same path as Anthony Martial from last term. The French forward joined Sevilla mid-way through the campaign on loan and actually underhwhelmed in dramatic fashion. Nine La Liga games passed Martial by without a single goal, while he netted just once during their Europa League run. And yet, he returns to Old Trafford and after a stellar pre-season looks on course to the club’s starting centre-forward for the next nine months. Read More Read More