Journalist reveals Erik ten Hag’s four-man leadership group is spearheading cultural change in the locker room – Reuters

Since joining the club, Erik ten Hag has set out to radically change the culture and turn the tide at Manchester United.

While the Dutch manager is still far from achieving this and competing with the European big boys, he has made considerable progress towards this goal.

Despite the Red Devils’ derby day at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad, the mood is markedly better than it was months ago under caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick.

At the heart of Ten Hag’s revolution is a strong core of four players who drive his vision internally in the dressing room.

According to the Telegraph’s James Ducker, those four players are Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Tom Heaton and David de Gea.

Ducker reports: “Fernandes and Heaton, often the glue trying to hold things together last season, can see a culture improving.”

According to Ducker, the influence of De Gea and his deputy Heaton must not be undermined, with both boasting strong support in the trenches.

Ten Hag is still the main driver of change, however, and has earned respect and fear with equal respect from his players and staff.

“The manager is seen as a genuine and basically decent person, but he is tough, serious, driven, detail-oriented and does not forgive unprofessionalism, negligence or lack of effort,” a source close to the manager said. changing room. “So you have a dynamic where he’s really loved and admired, but he’s got everyone on their toes and there’s an advantage over the place in a positive way.”

Beyond Ten Hag’s four trusted lieutenants, his new recruits have also impacted other players, inspiring them to new levels.

Lisandro Martinez, for example, is described as a meticulous, extremely composed, vocal and positive individual. The defender is also seen as someone who is ready to interact with players of all age groups and lend a helping hand when needed.

Casemiro and Christian Eriksen are quiet leaders who inspire respect and authority behind the scenes like Raphael Varane. According to Ducker, the two made it almost impossible for the cliques that plagued Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Rangnick to form.

In particular, Eriksen is the one who has formed a close relationship with the staff and with Fernandes, the man he partners with in the middle of the park during games.

As for Tyrell Malacia and Antony, the two Eredivisie acquisitions would have brought extra edge, intensity and courage to training sessions, with their passion for the club evident every day at Carrington. Malacia is constantly the last player to leave the training complex.

United fans will be delighted that the new signings have wasted no time in establishing themselves at the club and uplifting others with their dynamic personalities. Hopefully, this will be a lasting situation whose ripple effects will lead to renewed success and continue to be felt for a long time.

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