Manchester United coach Ten Hag uses his drone in training in a bid to turn around the club’s fortunes

ERIK TEN HAG is looking for anything that can help him turn around Manchester United’s fortunes.

And for the Dutchman, that means sooner rather than later.


Eric ten Hag uses a drone to help analyze Manchester United’s training sessionsCredit: PA
Each session is broken down and presented to him


Each session is broken down and presented to himCredit: Getty
He hopes to get Donny van de Beek and his team mates into the best possible shape


He hopes to get Donny van de Beek and his team mates into the best possible shapeCredit: Getty

Because he knows that in the world of flops trying to win titles, there’s no time to lose.

Such is Ten Hag’s meticulous attention to detail as he has upgraded the drone his trainers use to monitor training.

Ten Hag only took charge for seven months but said: “When you change things in an organization and change the way you play, it’s difficult.

“In top-level football, opponents want to kill you – and it has happened.

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“We had to adapt quickly and our team has been really great.”

Ten Hag faced a formidable task when he replaced interim boss Ralph Rangnick in May.

That’s why his team of coaches and performance analysts had long discussions with counterparts from some of the cycling teams that competed in last year’s Tour de France about diet and sleep patterns.

Which is why, as we witnessed during a training session in the recent layoff for southern Spain, there are now more than 20 coaches and assistants overseeing the work in progress.

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Each session is filmed to be segmented and then shown back on Ten Hag.

He also introduced a Dutch company called Talent Academy Group, made up of life coaches and psychologists who work twice a week with players.

One of them, Rainier Corse, stood alone and watched as the team prepared for the re-season near Jerez.

Of his experience as a life coach, he said: “Helping people is something that makes me very happy.

“I do this by listening, watching, and feeling what is going on with the other person — and making them aware of the unconscious behaviors.”

The Talent Academy Group helped develop Memphis Depay from turning down United in 2017 to stardom with Lyon and then Barcelona – and it was one of the Netherlands’ biggest successes at the World Cup.

They also work with gymnasts, surfers, cyclists and ice hockey teams, as well as Eredivisie clubs.

The change is something Ten Hag knew he had to make quickly after a miserable season, first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then Rangnick, that saw United’s worst points of the Premier League era.

Drones are overseen by a huge team of analysts


Drones are overseen by a huge team of analystsCredit: Getty

They accumulated 58 goals, scored 57 goals and had only 16 wins to finish sixth in the table.

But so far the stargazing drone has been upgraded.

It helps give Ten Hag a unique view of every move its players make, either in closed games or simply in warm-ups.

Today, Ten Hag will welcome back his rigorous training regimen to nine players who were in Qatar until the quarter-finals.

But how much he will be involved in Wednesday night’s return to action in the Carabao Cup fourth-round clash with Burnley cannot be sure.

What they could all be sure of was that there had been no softening in his stance since he had been “killed” in the terror of his reign.

His team lost 2-1 at home to Brighton on the opening day of the season, before being humiliated 4-0 at Brentford.

But they returned to Premier League action against Nottingham Forest on December 27 and are currently in fifth place – just three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and with a game in hand against Antonio Conte’s men.

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Ten Hag added: “The mentality has changed and so has our style of play during the season, our style.

“We’re still growing, of course — and now we just have to try to keep the process going.”

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