Ten Hag ‘Five Commandments’ at Man Utd including alcohol ban branded ‘overkill’

Date published: Thursday 21st July 2022 2:10 - Will Ford

Erik ten Hag speaks to his Manchester United squad in pre-season.

Erik ten Hag is ‘overdoing it’ with his new rules for Manchester United players, says former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor.

The new United boss has reportedly set his ‘Five Commandments’ every player will have to adhere to at the club.


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Ten Hag has banned personal chefs and alcohol, warned any players late for training or meeting will be dropped, has insisted on regular body mass index checks and wants unhappy players to report directly to him rather than going through their agents.

Agbonlahor believes the rules are “overkill” as most of the squad will already be abiding them.

“The players don’t [drink anymore], they’ll maybe have now a glass of red with dinner, maybe on the weekend or something,” Agonlahor told talkSPORT.

“The rules Ten Hag is giving are normal rules. Players will always get weighed once or twice a week. That’s normal to keep tabs on what you eat.

“With the drinking, the players don’t do it anyway, so when he’s come in and given out these rules, the players are probably thinking, ‘We do this anyway, gaffer, it’s nothing new to us’.

“I feel like that’s overkill, [with the ban on] personal chefs, they’re going to cook them healthy food,” he added.

“Maybe just tell them these are the sort of foods you’ve got to eat.

“I think he’s overdoing it a bit now because players are going to have personal chefs. They can cook healthy food, they know what foods to feed players, so why would they need to take food from the training ground?”

The last rule, asking players to come to him with grievances, is thought to have been made in an attempt to prevent the leaks which plagued the club last season.

On that rule, Agbonlahor added: “That has been a problem at Manchester United recently, a lot of things have been leaked from the changing room, but how is he going to find out who it is?

“I remember Gary Neville said last season that he knew who was leaking stuff but didn’t reveal it, so made me Ten Hag knows and has spoken to that person, but that shouldn’t be something that happens.

“There were so many fights at Aston Villa, punch-ups on the training ground, that no one ever found out about, no one told anyone. That’s how it should be.”

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