The PUNISHMENT TRAINING by Ten Hag that PAID OFF against Liverpool
The Dutch manager applied a peculiar method after United's loss to Brentford, but it seems to have worked
After Manchester United's surprising loss to Brentford in their second Premier League match, many were amused to find out that manager Erik ten Hag had made his players run some extra distance in training.
In their 4-0 defeat away in West London, the Red Devils only managed 95.6km in covered ground, compared to the Bees' 109.4km, so the Dutch coach made them run the 13.8 kilometres difference as way to get them to understand they had to give it their all and cover every blade of grass.
Now, with their incredible victory against Liverpool, it could be the Reds doing the extra rounds in training, as Manchester United absolutely ran them off the pitch, showing Ten Hag they had it in them to out work their opponents.
The Dutchman's exhausting workout undoubtedly had an impact because Manchester United beat the Reds 2-1 on Monday night at Old Trafford and appeared to have undergone a transformation. The Red Devils ran a total of 113.78km against Liverpool, 18km more than they did against Brentford, and some 9km more than Liverpool did. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford's goals were the game-winners as United won their first Premier League game of the year to go above Liverpool in the standings.
Erik ten Hag will also be pleased by the fact that Manchester United made twice as many tackles against Liverpool as they did against Brentford, and they had a better XG and two less errors that resulted in goals. Be it the extra running sessions or anything else than the Dutchman is doing in the training pitch, it looks like his ways are finally working at Old Trafford.