Man Utd stars smile in training session as Erik ten Hag tells team to be ‘brave’
MANCHESTER UNITED’S stars were all smiles as they trained in Bangkok on the first day of their pre-season tour.
Cristiano Ronaldo is absent after asking to leave Old Trafford – but nevertheless the mood among the travelling party appeared to be a good one.
The 31-man squad trained just hours after landing in Bangkok on Saturday at 10am local time after a 12-hour flight.
Erik ten Hag had his players get down to work straight away ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Liverpool.
Ten Hag and Co looked grim-faced after touching down at Don Mueang Airport but United’s travelling stars were soon back smiling when they got out on the training pitch.
The session was not particularly intense following the long flight to Thailand.
Ten Hag had his United squad focusing primarily on fitness drills and various gym work when they got out on the grass.
Bruno Fernandes and David De Gea were all smiles as they shared a joke, and midfielder Fred was also snapped with a big grin on his face.
New gaffer Ten Hag has urged his side to be “brave” ahead of his first campaign in charge of the Red Devils.
The Dutchman has the entirety of pre-season to work with his new side and drum his philosophy into the players ahead of the new campaign.
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He told the club’s official website: “I want to bring the energy in my team, but I must say, the players do really well. They are really focused. They bring, for themselves, the energy.
“You see they enjoy playing football. They enjoy playing football together and they really work well together. We want to play a proactive style of football – on the ball and off the ball.
“That is, trying to do that has to be our intentions and it’s now, firstly, the coaches bring it over to the team that we are, in every situation, proactive.
“We are brave and willing to have the ball, to give each other options.
“But also off the ball, to get the pressing style is what we’re working for together.”
Ten Hag and Co take on Liverpool on Tuesday before jetting on to Australia for the second leg of their tour.
They will face Melbourne Victory plus Prem rivals Crystal Palace and Aston Villa down under.