Rio Ferdinand, the legend of Manchester United, is still active on social media and regularly comments on events at Manchester United. This time he praised Erik ten Haga for dropping a Manchester United player for being late to team meetings.
Ferdinand also revealed that the pre-season games are not an indicator of the quality of the teams, but that he is still happy with the current situation. ‘i don’t really look at results in pre-season,’ Rio Ferdinand told Daily mirror.
‘i’ve played far too many games in pre-season and lost and it had no reflection on the coming season. ‘i think it’s more about the noises i’m hearing out of the training ground from the players, listening to individuals talk really positively… there seems to be a bit of a spring in their step now.
‘you don’t want to get too carried away, but it’s positive to hear the messaging and direction in training…
Atmosphere in the team
It is obvious that there is a positive atmosphere in the team like never before.
Erik ten Hag has already made big changes that will have an impact on events in the future. United showed in the pre-season matches that they have quality, but in the last few games they also showed that there are still many shortcomings that they will have to fix.
The season starts this week, and the question is whether United will continue to be active on the market. ‘it seems like there’s a lot more clarity and there’s a better understanding of how they want to play.
And they’re enjoying it, most importantly. ‘and the discipline, i read an article about a player being dropped for a couple of games – completely from the squad – because of punctuality problems. ‘things like that are elements that i’ve been calling for and wanting to see in the last few years.
At the moment, in pre-season when there’s no pressure, it seems to be going quite well.’ Ferdinand believes that Manchester United's DNA must work and is optimistic before the start of the new season. 'finding an identity they stick to and you go, “that’s manchester united” just by the way they’re playing [should be the target],’ ferdinand added ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.
‘it doesn’t have to be reflective of the years gone by, it’s about [saying], “that’s erik ten hag’s team – you can tell”. I want that first and foremost. I’d love to see that.