Ten Hag's plans for the World Cup break

Monday 31 October 2022 15:00

Erik ten Hag has provided further details on Manchester United’s plans for the World Cup break, after it was announced the Reds will play two friendlies during a training camp in Spain.

It was confirmed earlier today that we will face La Liga side Cadiz CF on 7 December as part of a week-long stay in the Spanish city. Details of the second fixture are still to be revealed. 

Tickets for the Cadiz match are on pre-sale to Season Ticket Holders, Official Members and Executive Club Members from today before they go on general sale from Tuesday. 

The game will also be broadcast live on MUTV in every territory except Spain.
The manager is looking forward to our training camp in Spain next month.

When speaking to club reporter Adam Marshall about our plans for the winter break, Ten Hag looked forward to the prospect of working with his players who won’t be at the World Cup.

“It’s a strange season,” said Erik. “It’s not like usual as we have a World Cup but also players will stay behind. We have to train them during those six weeks and we have to give them the right programme so they stay in the right fitness levels, but also they stay in the right shape and also in the team style.

“We made a programme to do that, as optimum as possible. So, we will train here [at Carrington] for one week, or eight or nine days, and then we will have a short break. Then we will train and go to Spain for a training camp for one week. 

“There, we can train proper. We have good opponents over there so we can get the game practice in as well. Then we will return, ready for the second stage of the season, I would say, but a long stage, longer than usual.”

In today’s announcement, United’s football director John Murtough commented: “Erik and the team have made good progress during this first half of the season, and it is important we maintain this momentum coming out of the World Cup break. A winter training camp will be a vital part of the team’s preparations for the second half of the season.

“We have lined up a high-quality local opponent to play against, ensuring match fitness and sharpness is retained. The camp and game will also allow for some of our young talent to experience training and playing in a first team environment, as well as provide entertaining club football for fans.”

United have four matches left to play ahead of the World Cup. First up is Real Sociedad in the Europa League, followed by a double header against Aston Villa in the Premier League and Carabao Cup, before a trip to Fulham in the top flight.

World Cup fixtures begin on 20 November and run until 18 December. Our season will then resume on 27 December against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford.