Erik ten Hag joined in with Man Utd squad in 13.8km punishment run after Brentford loss which inspired Liverpool win

    ERIK TEN HAG joined his players in a 13.8km punishment run after their 4-0 defeat to Brentford.

    Red Devils stars were ordered to come in on their scheduled day off on August 14 after being humiliated by the Bees less than 24 hours earlier.

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    Ten Hag, 52, ordered his players to run 13.8km, close to nine miles, in gruelling 33C heat – signifying the collective distance further than them that Brentford had covered.

    According to The Athletic, the Dutchman mucked in and joined in with his players as they completed the exhausting run.

    They add that Ten Hag wanted to show “togetherness with his players” – even in punishing them.

    His motivation tactic appeared to do the trick last night as United looked a different side in beating Liverpool 2-1.

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    The Red Devils dug deep to grab Ten Hag’s first win in charge against their fierce rivals.

    In fact, United covered 18 kilometres more against Liverpool than they did against Brentford.

    Previously out-of-form stars Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford found the back of the net, before Mo Salah prompted a nervy finish by scoring late on for the Reds.

    Prior to the match, Ten Hag admitted that he hoped his players had been fired up by their rollicking the week before.

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    He said: “I hope they are angry, but angry with themselves, angry with each other that they didn’t take responsibility.

    “When I say it’s not acceptable, you can’t deliver that for yourself, for the team and for all the fans of Man United.”

    After the triumph, Ten Hag told Sky Sports: “It’s all about attitude.

    “As you see, we bring attitude to the pitch. There was communication. There was fighting spirit.

    “You can see what they can achieve because they can f***ing play football!”

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