Erik ten Hag blasts Zidane Iqbal during Manchester United pre-season training


    Erik ten Hag has been taking no prisoners in Manchester United training
    Erik ten Hag has been taking no prisoners in Manchester United training (BeanymanSports)

    Zidane Iqbal is the latest player to feel the wrath of Erik ten Hag during Manchester United’s pre-season campaign.

    Earlier this week, Ten Hag was caught tearing into David De Gea on the touchline after the Spaniard booted the ball up the pitch in the closing stages of United’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in Melbourne.

    And during United’s open training session in Perth on Thursday, Ten Hag had no hesitation in calling out Iqbal for his performance in a quick keep-ball exercise.

    After spotting the 19-year-old making a mistake during the drill, Ten Hag bellowed at Iqbal: ‘Keep the ball on the floor. Zidane… hey. Keep the ball. F****** rubbish!’

    Iqbal has impressed off the bench in all three of United’s pre-season games so far and reports earlier this month claimed Ten Hag has been ‘surprised’ that the midfielder barely featured under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Ralf Rangnick last season.

    Former United defender Rio Ferdinand also namechecked Iqbal as one of the two young players who have made an impact during the club’s pre-season tour this summer.

    ‘I’ve watched the last two pre-season friendlies and the young lads in midfield there – Charlie Savage has been excellent, Zidane’s been very good as well,’ Ferdinand told Vibe with Five.

    ‘So I think it’s good food for thought. It’s always that way in pre-season, you get a couple of players who come out of nowhere and you go I didn’t expect that from them.’

    Zidane Iqbal has impressed during Manchester United's pre-season tour this summer
    Zidane Iqbal has impressed during Manchester United’s pre-season tour this summer (AMA/Getty)

    Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes has praised Ten Hag for improving discipline in the United squad.

    ‘We missed that for a while and discipline is important,’ said the Portugal international.

    ‘Discipline is not only the way you play, the position that you have, what you have to do, it’s also off the pitch.

    ‘Don’t be late for the meetings, don’t be late for the meals. That’s really important because if everyone is on time and someone comes late, he should be punished.

    ‘That’s really good that he’s doing that and amazing, because I like to be on time, so I won’t have problems with that.’

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