Ex-Holland striker Marco van Basten has pointed out that Manchester United’s hefty pre-season tour schedule is a serious deterrent to Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils have had a poor start to the season, losing the first two games of the season to underdogs Brighton and Brentford, dropping them to the bottom of the table for the first time in 30 years.
A number of factors have affected the club’s disappointing start, from injuries to the lack of new players, but Dutch legend Van Basten sees the problem as the team’s long-distance tour.
“What I find strange is that every year in preparation for the team they will host a World Tour,” Van Basten told Sicko Sport ufabet. That made his physical condition deteriorating.”
“They do everything they can to get more work. But it’s nonsense.”
United appointed Erik ten Hag as their new manager back in April, replacing Ralf Rangnick. Pre-arranged tours of Australia and Thailand represented the Dutchman’s first opportunity to see his side in action over a prolonged period of time – and to install his ideas and beliefs on the squad.
On the pitch, pre-season went exceptionally well for United. Although it was largely the squad that disappointed in the Premier League last season that travel. The Red Devils still recorded impressive victories over the likes of Liverpool and Melbourne Victory.