A Los Angeles-based doctor who specializes in sports science says Erik ten Hag has run the risk of injuring his Manchester United players by running them 13.8km in the heat on their day off.
Sportsmail reported how an enraged Ten Hag allowed his team to cover the exact distance that Brentford made his side faster than when the Bees defeated United 4-0 in Saturday’s late game – the shocking result of the Premier League weekend.
The Dutchman canceled the planned day off for the Red Devils to unleash his anger on the team, but according to Dr. Rajpal Brar, he has run the risk of doing more harm than good to his players.
Initially, Brar responded to the messages on Twitter: “If it is true, I assume that sports science and physio have intervened. That’s how you get players in the red zone and/or injured.’
The “red zone” is when an athlete reaches 90-100 percent of their maximum heart rate, meaning they are also putting in maximum effort and effort.
And later, in a conversation with Sportsmail, Dr. Brar elaborates on his thoughts: ‘In terms of rest/recovery and injury risk – think of your body as a bucket.
“Activity adds water to the bucket, while rest and recovery removes it. With the wrong balance of the two, the bucket will overflow (or, on the other hand, be bone dry, whichever you don’t want).
Erik ten Hag canceled Manchester United’s planned day off after the 4-0 defeat against Brentford
Ten Hag let the United team run 13.8 km – how much Brentford passed them in defeat
Commenting on the reports, Dr. Rajpal Brar that Ten Hag risked injuring players
Dr Brar said Ten Hag’s penalty could catch up with players in later matches
“Playing in a high-level football game adds significantly to that bucket and adding a day’s running the day after — there’s a reason it was a scheduled rest day — can add up to that overflow and potential injury risk.” Maybe not during the session, but in the next matches. The ‘red zone’ is essentially that state of high fatigue and increased injury risk.
It is not for nothing that the activity and physical/mental condition of ‘Elite footballers’ are closely monitored by the sports science and medical teams and training programs, formation decisions, etc. are tailored accordingly.’
Ten Hag arrived at United’s training base in Carrington early on Sunday to guide the United team through the ring before leading an investigation into the Brentford result.
The temperature on Sunday was 30C in Manchester – 86 Fahrenheit.
But Ten Hag must find answers to his team’s terrible play, and quickly. United take on fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday, August 22, with Jurgen Klopp’s side beating United 5-0 there last season.
There were concerns about the standard to which United trained in recent weeks and those concerns were compounded by Saturday’s emphatic defeat, which left United last in the Premier League.
There are also fears that Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude will have a negative impact.
Although Ronaldo is reportedly training well, he exchanged words with Ten Hag’s number 2 Steve McClaren at the final whistle after refusing to applaud United’s traveling fans at Brentford. There is a feeling that his mood has a negative effect on the locker room.
However, United have rejected suggestions that Ronaldo’s contract could be canceled and reiterated that he will remain with the club.
It comes after the season started with a 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford and Ten Hag is now the first United manager in more than a century to lose his first two games.
He was visibly furious with his team’s performance on Saturday night.
“It’s rubbish, and it’s poor. We need higher standards than that, that’s clear,” he said Being into sports.
“We have to deliver and we didn’t. We have to change, that’s clear.
’35 minutes you concede four goals. It is not possible. The team must take responsibility. I really feel sorry for the fans. We’ve let them down.’
There are concerns about Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude and its impact in United’s dressing room
Ten Hag lost his first two games as United coach and after that it doesn’t get any easier with Liverpool
The club chiefs have so far failed in their efforts to get their new coach the players he has asked for during the summer transfer window, while their hunt for Frenkie de Jong is still ongoing.
United legend Rio Ferdinand defended Ten Hag on Saturday night, but said United’s hunt for De Jong borders on begging.
He said: ‘I don’t feel sorry for the players, I feel sorry for Ten Hag,’ said Ferdinand. “He comes under false pretenses. He comes and expects new acquisitions.
“He’s probably sitting there thinking, ‘I sold a dummy here. I didn’t know I was starting this.’ Confidence, I know, would be low.
“He knew that, but he thought, ‘I will be able to rebuild that’, but it is clear that the players are not up to the required standard. Simple as that.’
About De Jong’s pursuit, Ferdinand said: ‘We are almost standing up for this player.
“Three months in the transfer window, with our hats off, begging, ‘Please come to us, please come to us.’
United are last in Premier League standings and are already in crisis after two games
‘They walked around behind him and begged him (de Jong): ‘turn around and watch us, turn around and watch us.’ And he looks around and says “not for me”.
‘And we’re still here; “please give us one chance.” How do we put ourselves in that position? How do we put ourselves in such a position?
“Do you think Klopp or Pep or Sir Alex or Jose would follow a player like that? They wouldn’t!’