Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag arrives at 8am for first day of pre-season training as he begins new regime with early start | The Sun
ERIK TEN HAG has officially started his job as Manchester United manager as his new players reported for pre-season training today.
The Dutchman, who has arrived from Ajax, was spotted entering the club's Carrington HQ this morning.
The 52-year-old was driven into the training ground ahead of his new side's return to work.
Ten Hag was pictured in the back seat of a motor around 8am as he ensured he got off to an early start.
And he was closely followed by his coach Steve McClaren, who was back in familiar surroundings 21 years after leaving his role as Sir Alex Ferguson's No.2.
A number of United's international stars will not be in attendance for Monday's session under the new boss.
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A large portion of the squad are still on holiday enjoying their extended break following their recent Nations League duty.
But there will still be 15 senior players reporting in for duty to kick off the new era under Ten Hag.
However, the club are still yet to make a breakthrough in the transfer market this summer despite their top-flight rivals already strengthening.
And the lack of new signings will understandably leave supporters a little deflated after last season's nightmare campaign.
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United’s 58-point total was their worst tally in 32 years as they ended the campaign in sixth.
That was 13 points off qualifying for the Champions League — their minimum target before the season — and a whopping 35 points off the top.
Not to mention the fact that the Red Devils conceded their most goals in a league season (57) since 1978-79.
As Sun Sport exclusively revealed, United have rejected Barcelona's attempt to land Harry Maguire as part of a deal to bring Frenkie de Jong to Old Trafford.
The Spanish club were interested in taking the England centre-back to the Nou Camp this summer.
But United were not willing to part with their £80m defender – with Ten Hag keen to work with him.
Instead, De Jong is set to move to Old Trafford in a straight cash deal with Barca holding out for £69million.
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