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Erik ten Hag dropped Man Utd player for pre-season friendly due to indiscipline

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag dropped a player during a pre-season friendly this month due to indiscipline, The Athletic report.

The Dutchman has been widely praised for his hands-on approach in training this summer, but he also expects his players to report in time for their duties.

A strict timing has been followed by the squad since his appointment, but it appears one United player was caught reporting late for team meetings in the recent pre-season tour.

According to The Athletic, the unnamed player was twice late during the 18-day trip, and he was subsequently dropped from a friendly where Ten Hag was planning to use him.

Ten Hag setting perfect example to Man Utd players

Ten Hag has got United playing an impressive brand of attacking football in pre-season, but there is still much work to do with the defensive frailties showing up again against Aston Villa.

The 52-year-old has been the first to admit that his team are not yet at the level required. The upcoming 12 days could be key to improving the club’s defensive resolve ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag has set a perfect example to the squad by dropping a player in pre-season. Discipline is something which he is very strict on. This has not been the case at United since Louis van Gaal was at the helm.

The decision should keep the players on their feet and focused on their duties. It is a clear warning sign that no player will be excused if there is another repeat. United are due to restart training tomorrow with today being a rest day.