Wayne Rooney has revealed that he knows Manchester United players enjoy working for a “demanding” Erik ten Hag, having spoken to some of them during his visits to Carrington this season.

Ten Hag was named after the worst season at Old Trafford for decades, but managed to inspire a remarkable turnaround in fortunes, which has seen the club reach the Carabao Cup final and progress to third in the Premier League.

Although there were questions as to whether the dressing room would respond to his disciplinary approach, Ten Hag is bringing out the best in each player and it has created a feeling of genuine togetherness at Carrington.

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Rooney now manages DC United in MLS, but remains a United supporter and is impressed with Ten Hag.

The United legend praised the improvements the Dutchman has made so far this season and also revealed that he has had conversations with players at the club who say they enjoy working for him.

“He (Ten Hag) is what Manchester United have needed for a few years,” Rooney told ESPN. “I’ve been to the training camp a few times, especially in the (MLS) off-season when I was back home in England, and I talked to some of the players.

“I know the players enjoy working with him, which is always important, but he demands a lot from his players. I think he has changed the mindset and the confidence and belief of the players, that they are actually a good team.”


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