According to reports, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag dropped a player after he violated one of his new rules twice.
Since his arrival at Old Trafford, Ten Hag has implemented a strict set of rules for his squad, including a policy that states players will be dropped from the starting XI or squad if they are late to training or team meetings.
The 52-year-old has already demonstrated that he is serious about his zero-tolerance policy toward those who break his rules.
According to The Athletic, Ten Hag has already removed a player from one of his starting lineups during the preseason after they were twice late for a team meeting.
Ten Hag had planned to use the player in a pre-season match during their tour of Thailand and Australia, but he was dropped as punishment and to remind others of the importance of punctuality.
Players and staff who are late will face fines as Ten Hag strives to improve standards at the club.
According to midfielder Bruno Fernandes, the former Ajax manager is known for his strict discipline, and his new rules have been well received by the squad.
He stated: “I believe we lost sight of that for a time, and I believe my perspective on discipline is critical.
“For me, discipline includes not only how you play on the field, your position, and what you must do, but also how you conduct yourself off the field.
“Don’t be late for meetings, and don’t be late for meals.
“That, I believe, is critical because if everyone arrives on time and someone is late, he should be punished.
“I think it’s really good that he [Ten Hag] is doing that, and it’s amazing for me because I like to be on time, so that won’t be a problem.”
Ten Hag’s methods appear to have worked, as United are unbeaten in preseason after three wins and one draw.
The Red Devils will play Atletico Madrid in Oslo on Saturday, followed by a match against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford the following day.
On August 7, United will kick off their Premier League campaign against Brighton.
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