‘f*****g-rubbish!’-–-erik-ten-hag-rips-into-man-utd-starlet-zidane-iqbal-in-new-pre-season-training-footage

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been filmed ripping into his squad in training during their pre-season tour of Australia.

His efforts appear to be paying off, with United recording successive wins over Liverpool, Melbourne City and Crystal Palace in their first three pre-season friendlies.

The Red Devils have now travelled to Perth, where they will take on Aston Villa at the Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Ten Hag was filmed laying into his players during their first training session in Western Australia on Thursday.

In a clip circulating on social media, Ten Hag can be seen screaming at his squad, at one point ripping into youngster Zidane Iqbal for failing to follow his instructions.

“Keep the ball on the floor! Zidane! Hey! Keep the ball on the floor,” shouted Ten Hag.

“F*****g rubbish!”

While Iqbal may have briefly angered Ten Hag, the Dutchman is said to have been impressed by the 19-year-old since his arrival at Old Trafford.

The Iraq international is one of several youngsters who have been afforded the chance to impress on United’s pre-season tour, with Hannibal Mejbri, Ethan Laird and Charlie Savage also given first-team minutes in Australia.

Former United captain Rio Ferdinand has singled out Iqbal and Savage for praise while speaking on his podcast, Vibe with Five.

“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 said.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Ten Hag’s no-nonsense approach in training has continued to win over United supporters.

“I’ve missed a dominant vocal manager, finally we have the one,” wrote one fan on Twitter.

Another added: “I can’t deny I love everything I see about this man. Here the way he looks at the players and the ball, he really knows what he’s doing, nothing escapes his watch. He oozes serious business.”

A third wrote: “I’ve said it before, but this is the first time I fee we got the right person at the right time at United.”

United supporters will be hoping Ten Hag’s efforts in pre-season pay dividends in the regular season, with United facing Brighton in their opening Premier League match on August 7.