Saturday 21 April 2018

Enda McNulty has joined the Jose Mourinho revolution at Manchester United

Jim McGuinness and Enda McNulty
Jim McGuinness and Enda McNulty

Well-known sports psychologist Enda McNulty is following in the footsteps of Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness and is working for Manchester United in developing the “mental skills” of Academy players.

Speaking to the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, the 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winning defender said: "The head of performance at Man United is a guy called Tony Strudwick. I was lucky to meet him about five years ago and we're basically collaborating with Tony in terms of what they're doing with the underage players so you can build mental skills at a very early age.

"And that's the whole key to building mental skills at an early age, let's say 10 years of age instead of 22-23 years of age at the Euros or perhaps at Wimbledon."

McNulty also had his say on the penalty shootout between Germany and Italy, which saw both sides hit some poor efforts.

"When the pressure descends on the players and when they mentally lose focus, they take their eye off the ball and they start to think about playing with the mind of the goalkeeper, it's very easy to miss a penalty. So psychologically the guy has got a little bit hijacked by the pressure, by the occasion and the enormity of the occasion."

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