TWO things spotted in Man Utd’s training session for West Ham game: Onana’s new regime; Van de Beek’s smile


This week, Manchester United has been back at the training facility in preparation for their Premier League trip to West Ham on Saturday.

Erik ten Hag will be hoping to improve upon their hard-fought draw with Liverpool the weekend before when they host David Moyes’ team. However, the Reds will be wary of facing the Iron, a wounded creature.

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The Merseyside team defeated the Hammers 5-1 at Anfield on Wednesday night, sending them out of the Carabao Cup with little fanfare. Moyes will definitely be watching his team to see how they respond, thus United needs to exercise caution in the capital.

The boys have been back at Carrington getting their work done before heading south. This is what we observed.

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Onana’s new regime

It has become common practice during United training sessions for the ‘keepers to do their own thing while the outfield players focus on what they need to work on. However, with playing out from the back being such a crucial element of football these days, this approach does seem outdated.

Andre Onana pictured on the ball during Manchester United training

Andre Onana pictured in training with his Manchester United teammates

Ten Hag appears to have noticed this and has brought Onana into the outfield training sessions this week where he appears to have been involved in a close-quarters drill with his teammates. The Cameroonian has bee criticised for his distribution since joining United so this change of training regime could look to rectify this problem.

Van de Beek still involved

Van de Beek is expected to be acquired by Eintracht Frankfurt in January. A few weeks ago, Ten Hag went so far as to say that his career might benefit from a departure.

But when he participated in the training, there were no indications that he was being lazy. He was spotted with Bruno Fernandes, who has returned from a one-match suspension.

Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes pictured during training

A few more pictures from the training session

Bruno Fernandes in training at Carrington.



Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen warm up for training at Carrington.

Kobbie Mainoo and the Reds warm up for training at Carrington.

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