Expert: Erik ten Hag set for 'punishing' ordeal as Man United ban details emerge
Erik ten Hag is attempting to foster camaraderie by banning personal chefs at Man United and taking nutrition in-house – but the new rules will be “punishing” to enforce.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
The Daily Mail reported last Thursday (7 July) that Ten Hag has introduced an embargo on personal chefs at United.
It is understood that Dutchman wants players to make meal times at Carrington their main source of nutrition.
The Red Devils’ canteen menu is also set to be overhauled, while there will also effectively be a blanket ban on alcohol.
Dinnery claims that the new edicts sound good in theory but that they will be difficult to sell to United’s stars.
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“First and foremost, it’s going to punishing to manage this one,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“The United camp hasn’t been without its problems in the dressing room. Erik ten Hag is a strict disciplinarian. He wants to come in and assert his authority. He almost wants to micromanage his players and this is one way to do that.
“He wants to them to perform optimally and part of that process is through looking after their diets.
“The camaraderie and team ethos are important. Part of that is bringing everyone together in a team environment and giving them a reason to stick around at Carrington.
“If you deliver their nutritional needs, they can manage that internally. But it also helps to build up that bond well beyond the time on the training pitch.
“There are underlying philosophies here that will hopefully all come together to try and return United to where they think they should be.”