Manchester United players feel tough pre-season led to poor results

The Red Devils have struggled for form all campaign so far.

Manchester United players feel tough pre-season led to poor results
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Erik ten Hag has been through a tricky start to the campaign (Picture: Getty Images)

A number of senior players at Manchester United believe the club’s poor start to the season is down to their intense training and travelling schedule over the summer.

The Red Devils have struggled for any sort of form or consistency so far this campaign, and while they have won seven of their 12 Premier League games, they have rarely looked impressive in doing so.

Five defeats have already been suffered – against Tottenham, Arsenal, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Manchester City – while they have also lost three of their four Champions League outings.

The Guardian reports that some players feel this poor form has been down to being overworked during pre-season, with the squad beginning the campaign tired rather than refreshed.

Erik ten Hag reportedly introduced a more intense training regime over the summer in order to whip his squad into shape and become title challengers, but it appears to have backfired.

The tough training sessions alongside a hectic travel itinerary left players past their physical peaks before the season even got underway.

Manchester United played eight friendlies over the summer, with four on their pre-season trip to America, where they performed in New Jersey, San Diego, Houston and Las Vegas.

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It has been a stressful start to the season for Ten Hag (Picture: PA)

Their four European friendlies were also all over the place, playing in England, Scotland, Ireland and Norway.

The Premier League schedule only gets busier heading towards Christmas, with Manchester United also fighting for their Champions League lives.

After going to Everton on Sunday they travel to Turkey for a huge game against Galatasaray which they must win to keep a realistic chance of qualifying for the knockout stages alive.

Then follows three Premier League games in eight days against Newcastle, Chelsea and Bournemouth before their final Champions League group stage outing against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.

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