Ten Hag hails Man Utd’s ‘great spirit’ but not getting carried away over Liverpool rout


Erik ten Hag was impressed by Manchester United’s “great spirit” after they kicked off their pre-season tour with a 4-0 win over Liverpool.

The Red Devils recorded a comfortable victory against an underpowered Reds side in Bangkok thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho, Fredo, Anthony Martial, and Facundo Pellistri, while Tyrell Malacia bowed out for the club.

Jurgen Klopp’s UEFA Champions League finalists used a much-rotated squad during the friendly, while Manchester United started with an almost full XI, leading to a somewhat lopsided result.

But The Hag, who replaced interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of last season, had some positives from the game before jetting off to Australia to continue preparations for his new term.

“Obviously we’re happy today because I think it was a team with a lot of spirit,” he told MUTV. “We know we’ve only just begun.

“We made a few mistakes in pressing, we missed some chances, but we also created a lot. Our team played bravely. We are happy with the first game.

“I know we have good players. Now we have to build a [good] team. [It will] take a lot of time.

“Liverpool weren’t the strongest, so we won’t overstate it, but I still saw some really good things. We have potential.”

Ten of The Hague’s men next travel to Victoria to take on Melbourne Victory – who could field former United winger Nani – on July 15 before tests against fellow Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

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