Erik ten Hag truly seems to have struck a chord with his Manchester United players, as the Dutchman is ready to reach new heights with his squad. The United boss has reportedly found a new way to boost the morale of his players. The Red Devils indeed needed a morale booster, after their run of four consecutive league wins post the World Cup break was halted at Selhurst Park by Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw.
There were lose talks of Erik ten Hag’s side steering into the title race after their revived form which also helped them beat Manchester City in the derby at the Old Trafford. United went into the Palace game on the back of four wins in a row, and sat a point behind City in third place. However, the title talks were banished after the Red Devils suffered a heartbreak at Selhurst Park as Palace scored an equalizer in the 90th minute.
Erik ten Hag gifted his players an unusual thing to overcome Palace heartbreak
Manchester United had to make the trip to London for the Palace clash in freezing conditions, with the kick-off too set for 08:00 PM GMT. The Red Devils are already facing a tight calendar, and the cold trip to Selhurst Park was another task added. However, Erik ten Hag’s men responded brilliantly, with Bruno Fernandes putting them into the lead in the 44th minute with a well-struck goal.
United pushed for a second goal to seal all three points as well as their fifth win a row, but then opted to defend their lead in the closing stages. And it was then, that Michael Olise’s last-minute thunderbolt free-kick dealt the blow to the Red Devils, who looked blank as they didn’t know what hit them. With their heads down, the United players left the pitch at the full-time whistle with a just point in their bag which could have been three.
The disappointed Devils then made a rather long trip back to Manchester, where they arrived at 1:30 AM [GMT], with the temperature at a chilling -3C. However, Erik ten Hag then saved his already drained players’ some energy, gifting them a DE-ICER, to clear their frozen car widescreens quickly, according to The Times. The players were saved ten minutes with the help of the de-icer, as it proved to be a boost a boost “when you’re freezing, tired and just want your bed”.
Ten Hag, who apparently emphasizes on making small differences for the bigger benefit, wanted to make sure his side was rested ahead of the weekend showdown against Arsenal, which they ultimately lost 3-2. Furthermore, in case their flight from London had to be rerouted due to the icy conditions, the club authorities even had coaches ready for them at both the Liverpool and East Midlands airports.
According to the source, Manchester United have also hired a new head chef from the cricket and football teams of England in order to provide the players with the greatest nutrition possible. Man United are focusing on details off the field as much as on it, and it appears to be working as well with the club sat fourth in the Premier League and eyeing a comeback to the Champions League.