Manchester United’s stars have been told they must be ready to continue the season after the coronavirus break by ex-Red Devils power development coach Mick Clegg. United players are expected to return to training at their Carrington complex on April 10.
United’s training ground is currently closed, however, the players have been given specific fitness schedules during the Premier League suspension.
And Clegg says United’s stars will be questioned if they don’t return as fit as they should be.
“I’ve worked with Ole and he’s really meticulous,” Clegg told The Mirror. “He’s a hard-working lad.
“He’s a thoughtful person and he will be getting his coaches to make sure they maximise their time for their players, to make they come back at their best level.
“And if United don’t come back at their best level, then people need to be held up to say ‘what have you been doing?’ because there are opportunities – everyone has a phone and everyone can transmit their data.”
United are currently fifth in the Premier League table, just three points off Chelsea in fourth.
Solskjaer’s men were unbeaten in 11 games prior to the season being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
And Clegg has hailed Solskjaer, claiming the United boss has the respect of the Old Trafford dressing room.
“I worked with Ole as a player and then when he became the reserve team manager,” Clegg added.
“He’s a great coach and could always pull something out of the air.
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“Players need information to encourage them to really train hard, put the right vision in their minds.
“There are lots of coaches who can show them things, but you get someone like Ole and he’ll say ‘I’ll just show you something that I did when I was a player’.
“He’ll get all the cones out and show players, and they suddenly spark up and are like ‘wow!’, which is great.
“Ole used to tell me, in the gym, ‘this is how I’m going to score a goal’ and show me how he was going to do it.
“So when he says I’m going to put the ball through this goalkeeper’s legs on Saturday – and he does it – that’s worth thinking about.”
The Premier League and EFL have confirmed there will be no play before April 30 at the very earliest because of the coronavirus outbreak.
An initial postponement had delayed the restart of the season until April 3 but that deadline changed following a crunch meeting last week.
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