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De Jong finally sends message to Man United manager Erik Ten Hag over 23-man squad

Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Hag has continued to receive accolades for the job he is doing at Old Trafford. It has become significant that there are changes in the attitude of players which is identifiable in the way they play on the pitch.

Former Manchester City star, Nigel de Jong, believes Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has 23 egos in his squad.

De Jong also singled out Man United’s two summer signings, Lisandro Martinez and Antony, saying the duo have a ‘killer mentality.’

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“Erik [Ten Hag] has 23 egos in his squad at [Manchester] United. You can have the best players in the world, but you can only start building a proper side when you can turn all those egos into a team,” De Jong told the Daily Mirror.

“Ten Hag has chosen his players carefully. I can see one thing, he has picked players with whom he can win a war.

“I can see the strategy already. Look at [Lisandro] Martinez in the team. He has that killer mentality. Martinez will run through fire for Ten Hag.

“Antony is adding swagger. He, too, has a mentality that we call ‘over my dead body’. The spirit in the team has changed.”

Recall that Ten Hag signed both Martinez and Antony from Ajax this summer.

The Dutchman had coached the duo during their time together in the Dutch League.

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