Man United No 2 Steve McClaren outlines his blueprint for a culture of success to Old Trafford 

Bring on the energy, sort out the body language and do the right things… or suffer the consequences: Man United No 2 Steve McClaren outlines his plan for a culture of success at Old Trafford

  • Steve McClaren is back at Manchester United as Erik ten Hag’s assistant
  • McClaren was Sir Alex Ferguson’s No.2 when United won the treble in 1999
  • United have since fallen by the wayside limping to sixth in the table last season
  • The Red Devils have been criticized for having a fractured squad lately
  • McClaren gave first hint of what they can expect under Erik ten Hag

Steve McClaren has blasted players who fail to contribute positive energy to a football club, insisting that negative body language and attitude are detrimental to a winning mentality.

After being part of Manchester United’s treble success as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant in 1999, the former England boss is now back at Old Trafford as a No.2 under new manager Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United struggled last season first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then under caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick as early season title contenders crumbled down the line to seal just a League place Europa in sixth place on the final day of a chaotic campaign.

Steve McClaren gave the blueprint for how he hopes to get Manchester United fired

Steve McClaren gave the blueprint for how he hopes to get Manchester United fired

The Red Devils have been under constant criticism throughout the season, with numerous accusations leveled against a fractured club and dressing room, with many players in poor form or accused of no longer giving their best.

McClaren insists that culture needs to change immediately for the Red Devils to fire again, starting with getting everyone involved during training ahead of games.

“Those are the things we have to do, things like we all have to connect with each other.” McClaren explained to his son on their McClaren Performance podcast.

McClaren (centre right) has returned to United as an assistant to new boss Erik ten Hag (centre left)

McClaren (centre right) has returned to United as an assistant to new boss Erik ten Hag (centre left)

‘Games are won Monday to Friday, if you have the right Monday to Friday, games are won on Saturday. Everyone has to bring energy,’

McClaren then referred to former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino who took Spurs to insane titles in 2016 and 2017 based on a high work ethic system where everyone contributed.

“Pochettino talks about creating the culture, if nobody brought energy, he took them out, they had to bring some kind of energy to the group,” he added.

McClaren was previously assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) when United won the treble

McClaren was previously assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) when United won the treble

United fans will certainly be encouraged by the words of McClaren, who also mentioned how negative body language will also be looked down upon under the new regime at Old Trafford, and that players should focus on winning the ball rather than to react. with frustration.

“You have to be ready, you have to be ready to train, you have to be ready to play, ready to make an impact as a sub, you have to react,” he said.

“A lot of people now, body language arms in the air, you have to react to get that ball back, get it back, whatever the situation, react quickly, don’t think about it.”

Manchester United stars often cut discouraged numbers throughout a chaotic 2021-22 season

Manchester United stars often cut discouraged numbers throughout a chaotic 2021-22 season

United players have also been accused of failing to take responsibility for their poor displays in recent years, and the recent managerial exits of Rangnick, Solskjaer and even Jose Mourinho appear to be the result of player power.

McClaren insists, however, that there can be no hiding from poor performances, especially if there hasn’t been full commitment.

“You have to accept the rules, the conditions, you have to accept the consequences if you do things wrong. You have to commit, you have to be a class act,’ McClaren said, “You have to be a class act, especially in today’s football.”

McClaren previously worked with Ten Hag during their time together at Dutch side Twente

McClaren previously worked with Ten Hag during their time together at Dutch side Twente

McClaren knows exactly how to bring success to United. He believes a key approach is to establish unofficial rules that players can collectively agree to and stick to, which has been implemented by former stars such as Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and many more. others during his first visit to the club.

“When I first went to Manchester United there were hardly any rules, but what they did; they did the right things and if they didn’t do the right things they owned it and they suffered the consequences and accepted them.

“And I think if you have these non-negotiables around it, you can’t go wrong.”

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