Cristiano Ronaldo gives a thumbs up as he leads glum-faced Man United arrivals at Carrington for the first time since running more than eight miles in 30C heat on Sunday… with Erik ten Hag’s men looking to dig club out of crisis after Brentford thrashing
- Manchester United sit bottom of the table after defeat at Brentford on Saturday
- Erik ten Hag dragged his flops into training on Sunday, a scheduled day off
- They were made to run eight-and-a-half miles in temperatures above 30C
- They face Liverpool in their next match with scrutiny increasing at crisis club
Manchester United‘s players cut glum figures as they turned up at Carrington to start another week of scrutiny amid the crisis at the club.
The Red Devils sit bottom of the Premier League table following chastening defeats by Brighton at Old Trafford and Brentford in west London, making Erik ten Hag the first United manager in 101 years to have lost his first two league games in charge.
Their issues on the pitch have been played out among a backdrop of yet more frustration in the transfer market, with United having signed just three players this summer and having failed to sell those deemed surplus to requirements.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave a thumbs up as he led Man United’s stars into training on Tuesday
Club captain Harry Maguire was among the glum-faced stars arriving at Carrington
David De Gea made two mistakes in Brentford defeat and looked serious among his arrival
Matters do not get any easier for ten Hag’s men with Liverpool up next, and it appears the players realise the size of the challenge in front of them after they were seen driving into Carrington with expressionless faces.
Cristiano Ronaldo – whose future remains undecided after he expressed his desire to leave for a Champions League club earlier this summer – led the list of United stars making their way in on Tuesday morning, and did manage to give a thumbs up.
Centre-backs Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez – who faced plenty of criticism playing at the heart of defence despite his height – were also straight faced as they arrived, with the Argentine wearing a pair of trendy glasses.
Lisandro Martinez too faced plenty of scrutiny after partnering Maguire at centre half
David De Gea – whose errors virtually handed Brentford their first two goals on Saturday – and Marcus Rashford – another player heavily criticised for his lack of involvement in west London – were also snapped coming in to work.
With only injured players – including Anthony Martial – coming into Carrington on Monday, it represents the first time fit and available first-team stars have trained since they were hauled in for extra training on Sunday in the wake of their horror show 4-0 defeat.
After calling the performance ‘rubbish’, furious United boss ten Hag cancelled a planned day off and ordered the players to report to the club’s Carrington training base.
Ten Hag punished his team for running a total of eight-and-a-half miles less than Brentford by making them cover the same distance on Sunday in temperatures of over 30 degrees.
The Dutchman decided to crack down on his under-achieving stars. He arrived early on Sunday before leading an inquest into the latest humiliation.