LONG-TIME Manchester United servant David de Gea has given a fascinating insight into manager Erik ten Hag’s training sessions and revealed how players are reacting to them.
The Dutchman, 52, took over at Old Trafford on a long-term contract in the summer.
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After a slow start to life under Ten Hag, which included a 2-1 loss to Brighton and a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Brentford, United are well in the hunt for a top-four finish.
United are sat fifth on 26 points and sit three points off fourth-place Tottenham.
And first-team goalkeeper De Gea has revealed the amount of attention to detail Ten Hag puts into his training sessions.
The Spaniard, who was snubbed of a World Cup place in Luis Enrique’s squad, has also opened the lid on how United’s stars are fairing on a day-to-day basis on the training pitch.
Speaking to club media, De Gea said: “I think he has high demands for everyone, there is a lot of information.
“We are used to playing under him because we are learning a lot of new things as a team.
”I think we are enjoying it, we are training really hard with him.
“They are long training sessions, tactics, everything and I think we are heading the right way.
“We are playing really well, as you saw in the last game we showed we can play really well.
“We are winning games and that is the most important thing.”
De Gea – joined United in 2011 – has less than a year left on his contract at Old Trafford.
However, according to Manchester Evening News, the club plan on triggering a one-year extension, keeping him in Manchester until 2024.
United are back in competitive action on December 21 against Burnley in the EFL Cup.
They head into that game off the back of back-to-back friendly defeats in Spain against Cadiz and Real Betis.
United are planning to get one last game in behind closed doors before the season restarts.
The Red Devils will also be a man lighter post-World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT be returning to the club’s Carrington training ground.
The legendary footballer, 37, had his contract ripped up after his bombshell interview with SunSport columnist and TalkTV main man, Piers Morgan.
In that sit-down chat, Ronaldo slammed the club, while also revealing he does not respect Ten Hag.
Ronaldo endured a horror World Cup campaign shortly after.
Portugal crashed out in the quarter-finals, losing to surprise package Morocco 1-0.
Ronaldo scored just one goal, which came from the penalty spot in the group stage win over Ghana.
He was also dropped to the substitutes bench for the knockout stages, and may well retire without a World Cup knockout goal, as he will be 41 at the next edition of the tournament.