Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag has been told by former Premier League player Danny Murphy that some of his ‘five commandments’ are “excessive”.
The Dutchman was confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Man Utd finished sixth last term and they failed to win a trophy. Ten Hag and his players are now preparing for next season.
The Mirror have reported that he has issued ‘five commandments’ to his players. These include a ban on alcohol and personal chefs, players will be dropped if they are late and if stars are unhappy, they must speak directly to Ten Hag instead of their agents.
Ex-Liverpool player Murphy has responded to this report. He started by suggesting that Ten Hag is “not weird” for setting rules and boundaries:
“It’s like any other manager who comes in and sets some rules and boundaries. His rules. That’s normal,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
“He’s not weird for doing that. He’s not exceptional. That’s what happens
“The attention to detail of each one we could dissect and say, ‘That’s laughable. That’s good. That’s bad’.
“Generally, what he’s trying to do is create more discipline by the sounds of it, that’s a good thing.”
❌ “Does he make their XI better? No!”
❌ “They need super quality to get in the XI and bring them closer. He doesn’t.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 8, 2022
Murphy went onto claim that some of Ten Hag’s alleged ‘commandments’ are “not manageable”:
“Some of them are just not policeable, they’re not manageable,” he added.
“For example, any player late to training or to meetings – that’s a big one – you get hammered for unpunctuality in football.
“’Dropped without exception’ is excessive for me. Your kid can be ill, I’ve been stuck on a road before where there have been fatalities and the police aren’t letting you through.
“’Drinking alcohol during the week’: the best players in the world at the biggest clubs manage their bodies.
“You’re going to struggle to police a player who decides to have two glasses of wine after a tough game to wind down when he’s playing again in three or four days.
“That’s just about players looking after themselves which at Man United, generally, they will be.
“It’s just not necessary, you’re preaching to the converted with that rule. You can’t manage that. It’s nonsense.
“You would say to the players, ‘Look lads, come on, if we want to be successful, you’ve got to take care of yourself’.
“You educate yourself to know not to drink because it’s going to be detrimental.”