Erik ten Hag risked INJURING his Man United players by running them 13.8km on a day off

Los Angeles-based sports science doctor says Erik ten Hag risked hurting his Manchester United players by having them run 13.8 km in the heat on their day off.

Sportsmail reported how a furious Ten Hag made his team cover the exact distance that Brentford overtook his side as the Bees beat United 4-0 in Saturday’s final game – the shock Premier League weekend result.

The Dutchman ditched the planned day off for the Red Devils to unleash his anger on the team, but according to Dr Rajpal Brar he risked doing more harm to his players than good.

Respond to reports first on Twitter, Brar said: “If that’s true, I’m guessing the sports science and physiotherapy staff stepped in.” This is how you get players into the red zone and/or injured.

The “red zone” is when an athlete reaches 90-100% of their maximum heart rate, which means they are also at their maximum effort.

And later, speaking to Sportsmail, Dr Brar expanded on his thoughts: “In terms of rest/recovery and risk of injury – think of your body as a bucket.

“Activity adds water to the bucket while rest and recovery takes it away. With the wrong balance of the two, the bucket will overflow (or at the other end, be dry, which you don’t want either more).

Erik ten Hag scrapped Manchester United's scheduled day off after 4-0 loss to Brentford

Erik ten Hag scrapped Manchester United’s scheduled day off after 4-0 loss to Brentford

Ten Hag made the United team run 13.8km - how much Brentford passed them in defeat

Ten Hag made the United team run 13.8km – how much Brentford passed them in defeat

Responding to reports, Dr Rajpal Brar said Ten Hag was at risk of injuring players

Responding to reports, Dr Rajpal Brar said Ten Hag was at risk of injuring players

Dr Brar said Ten Hag's punishment could catch up with players in later games

Dr Brar said Ten Hag’s punishment could catch up with players in later games

‘Playing in a top football game adds significantly to that bucket and adding another race day the next day – there’s a reason it was a scheduled rest day – can lead to that overflow and a risk injury potential. Maybe not during the session but in the following matches. The “red zone” is essentially this state of high fatigue and increased risk of injury.

“The activity and physical/mental state of elite footballers are closely monitored by the sport’s scientific and medical teams for a reason and training programmes, line-up decisions etc. are tailored according to them.”

Ten Hag arrived at United’s Carrington training base early on Sunday to put the United squad through their paces before conducting an inquiry into the Brentford result.

The temperature was 30C in Manchester on Sunday – 86 Fahrenheit.

But Ten Hag must find answers to his team’s horrible play, and fast. United take on fierce rivals Liverpool on Monday August 22 at Old Trafford and Jurgen Klopp’s side beat United 5-0 last season.

There have been concerns about the standard United have been training to in recent weeks and those concerns were heightened by Saturday’s emphatic defeat which put United bottom of the Premier League table.

There are also fears that Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude will have a negative impact.

Although Ronaldo is training well, he exchanged words with Ten Hag number 2 Steve McClaren at the final whistle after refusing to applaud traveling United fans at Brentford. We have the feeling that his mood has a negative effect on the locker room.

However, United dismissed suggestions that Ronaldo’s contract could be terminated and reiterated that he remains at 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 over a century to lose their first two games.

He was visibly furious with his team’s performance on Saturday night.

“It sucks, and it sucks. We need higher standards than that, that’s clear,” he said Be in sports.

“We have to deliver and we haven’t. We have to change, that’s pretty clear.

35 minutes you concede four goals. It is not possible. The team must take responsibility. I’m really sorry for the fans. We let them down.

There are concerns about Cristiano Ronaldo's attitude and his impact in the United dressing room

There are concerns about Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude and his impact in the United dressing room

Ten Hag lost his first two games as United manager and it doesn't get any easier with Liverpool afterwards

Ten Hag lost his first two games as United manager and it doesn’t get any easier with Liverpool afterwards

Club chiefs have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to hand their new manager the players he demanded during the summer transfer window, with their hunt for Frenkie de Jong still ongoing.

United legend Rio Ferdinand defended Ten Hag on Saturday night but said United’s pursuit of De Jong was borderline begging.

He said: “I’m not sorry for the players, I’m sorry for Ten Hag,” Ferdinand said. “He comes under false pretenses. It comes from new expected signings.

“He’s probably sitting there thinking ‘Someone sold me a mannequin here. I didn’t know I was going into this”. The confidence, I know, was going to be low.

“He knew that but he thought ‘I can rebuild that’, but obviously the players are not at the required level. Simple as that.’

As for De Jong’s pursuit, Ferdinand said: “We are almost fighting for this player.

“For three months into the transfer window, with our ceiling begging, ‘please come to us, please come to us.

United are bottom of the Premier League table and are already in crisis after two games

United are bottom of the Premier League table and are already in crisis after two games

“They walked behind him, pleading (de Jong), ‘please turn and notice us, please turn and notice us.’ And he looks around and says “not for me”.

“And we are still here; “Please give us a chance.” How do we put ourselves in this position? How do you allow yourself to be put in such a position?

“Do you think Klopp or Pep or Sir Alex or Jose would follow a player like this? They wouldn’t do that!

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