Paul Scholes mocks Man United players and Erik ten Hag's 'five rules'

‘I’m not sure I would have coped!’: Paul Scholes mocks modern-day Manchester United players and Erik ten Hag’s ‘five strict rules’ for his new side – including banning personal chefs and moaning to agents

  • Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has introduced strict rules for his squad
  • They include weekly BMI tests for all players and latecomers being dropped
  • Ten Hag has also bought in a new footballing philosophy with a focus on attack
  • The changes come as United look to challenge for trophies after a lean patch

Paul Scholes has taken a swipe at the current crop of Manchester United players in response to a MailSport story reporting Erik ten Hag’s rules for his new side.

Under Ten Hag, United players will take weekly BMI tests and be dropped if they are late to team meetings or training. They have also been banned from drinking during matchweeks, moaning to their agents and hiring personal chefs.

Ten Hag is also clamping down on dressing room cliques, poor fitness levels and backwards passing.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes took a swipe at Manchester United’s current players

The 47-year-old Scholes won 19 major trophies for the Red Devils in over 700 games

It comes as the Dutchman looks to turn a side that lost 12 league games last season back into one that can challenge for trophies.

Scholes posted a screenshot of Ten Hag’s new rules on his Instagram story with the sarcastic caption: ‘Not sure I would have coped without my personal chef and no agent to moan to.’

The 47-year-old ex-midfielder knows what a winning dressing room feels like at Old Trafford, having won 19 major trophies across over 700 games with the club.

All of those trophies came under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, who Ten Hag may be attempting to emulate with his focus on discipline and attacking football. 

Scholes has been vocal about Ten Hag in the past, telling Premier League Productions in April: ‘This manager needs backing now, he’s been brought into the club to really turn it around.’

Erik ten Hag is hoping to turn around United’s fortunes with a strict new philosophy

‘The only issue is, who’s going to be helping him on that side of the business? I know at Ajax he had Edwin (van der Sar) and Marc Overmars. He’s always had someone to help him.’

Ten Hag will have Steve McClaren as Assistant manager, a man familiar with United after his time as Ferguson’s assistant and Ten Hag after they worked together at Twente, but Scholes felt the 60-year-old would be better placed in an ‘advisory role.’

United’s strict new philosophy will have to be fully embraced by the players if they are to improve on last season’s sixth place finish. 

The Red Devils finished with their lowest Premier League points tally last term and failed to qualify for the Champions League. 

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