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‘F**king rubbish!’ - Erik ten Hag lays down the law with criticism of Man United youngster Iqbal

The latest instillation on the bench at Old Trafford has made his demands for excellence crystal clear


Footage of Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag laying down the law in training has come to the fore on Thursday evening.

Dutch tactician Ten Hag, of course, is currently in the process of putting his new panel of stars through their pre-season paces, with a view to the new campaign kicking into gear.

The Red Devils landed in Australia last week, amid a stretch of fixtures which will see them take on the likes of Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

And, if the latest footage stemming from the club’s current training base is anything go by, then it appears as though new boss Ten Hag is keen to make clear the importance of building the right foundation for a successful campaign ahead.

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The 52-year-old, of course, opted to call time on his trophy-laden Ajax stint earlier this summer, to test his talents in England with Man United.

Ten Hag, like so many of the best managers in the game, is known to be something of a perfectionist when it comes to the demands placed upon his players, a trait which culminated in an up-and-coming member of the club’s ranks being forced to face the wrath of his new boss earlier today.

The starlet in question? Zidane Iqbal.

Midfielder Iqbal has caught the eye across the Red Devils’ pre-season tour to date, courtesy of an impressive blend of technical ability and nous beyond his years.

On Thursday, though, the 19-year-old was guilty of failing to follow his manager’s instructions during a training drill.

In turn, Ten Hag was not at all shy in calling Iqbal out, labelling his efforts ‘f**king rubbish’:

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Conor Laird

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