Jose Mourinho has begun to ‘crack the whip’ with his Manchester United squad by introducing double training sessions over the weekend.
The new Old Trafford chief has wasted little time in letting his players know they won’t be in for an easy ride under his stewardship.
United players were told on Friday to report back to the club’s Carrington training base for a second gruelling session at 4.30pm which then lasted until 6pm.
It’s understood the Red Devils’ players have been told to expect it as a regular occurrence over the next fortnight, as Mourinho attempts to whip his players into shape ahead of an exhaustive pre-season programme which will take in China and Scandinavia, covering 13,000 miles.
United’s training HQ was also supposed to play host to a number of school parties that had been granted access to play at the site but Jose wants Carrington on total lockdown until the season starts.
A number of the first-team squad, including skipper Wayne Rooney, are yet to arrive back but Jose has also mapped out an intensive two-week boot camp for the late arrivals to catch-up.