Manchester United’s new manager Erik Ten Hag resumed his first day at Carrington with a number of players joining him for the first day of pre-season. Out-of-favour defender, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and David De Gea were the first team stars to arrive.
The new manager arrived at the training ground on Monday at 8am driven by a chauffeur. He was joined by newly appointed assistant coach Steve McClaren, who pulled up 21 years after leaving his role as Sir Alex Ferguson’s No 2 at Old Trafford.
Several first-team stars will not be in attendance after playing in June’s Nations League international matches, for example, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.
But despite a sizeable number of absentees still enjoying their holidays, there will still be 15 senior players turning up for their first season under ten Hag – including out-of-favour England duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.
He will have plenty of work to do, given they finished sixth in the Premier League last season, 13 points off the Champions League places.
The Red Devils narrowly pipped West Ham to the second Europa League qualifying spot, just about missing out on the ignominy of the third-tier Europa Conference League.
Their total of 58 points was still their worst total in 32 years, and 35 points off the eventual total of champions – and fierce rivals – Manchester City.