Erik ten Hag swears in live interview as he hails Manchester United’s attitude and fighting spirit following win over Liverpool August 23, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Erik ten Hag got a little bit overexcited after Manchester United’s win over Liverpool, the Dutchman dropping a swear word in a live TV interview after the match.
Goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford sealed a 2-1 win for the Red Devils over their arch rivals at Old Trafford.
The win is Ten Hag’s first competitive triumph as Man United boss, who hailed the attitude and fighting spirit of his players.
However, he got slightly carried away with Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones forced to apologise for Ten Hag’s colourful choice of words.
“We can talk about tactical but it is all about attitude,” Ten Hag said.
“Now you see we bring attitude on the pitch and there was communication, there was a fighting spirit and there was a team and you can see what they can achieve because they can f****** play good football.
“I wanted a different approach, a different attitude and that is what they bring on the pitch, that is what makes me satisfied.
“It is just the start, we have to keep humble, we can play a lot better if we keep more composure. We have good players – now be a good team and then we will act.
“It is not always about what we said, I said we had to act and not talk a lot, make sure you are a team, battle and also be brave.”
Former Man United star Gary Neville wasn’t offended in the slightest, adding he enjoyed hearing Ten Hag’s fruity language.
But Neville was far more impressed with the improvement the team showed compared to their last outing, which saw them suffer a 4-0 defeat at Brentford.
“I’m absolutely stunned to be honest with you. I didn’t think that that was possible what I saw in terms of response,” Neville said.
“I thought the players had cemented what they do week in, week out over many months at the end of last season, the start of this season.
“What’s happened this week I don’t know but they’ve responded. Maybe the slight changes in personnel, making brave changes. The captain, the star player both left on the bench but maybe the manager’s gained a little bit of gravitas.
“I think Bruno Fernandes has responded, Lisandro Martinez at the back has played well alongside Raphael Varane.
“I don’t know what it is but I can’t believe what I’ve just witnessed. Liverpool weren’t at their best, but they weren’t at their best against Crystal Palace and Fulham but it was just the effort difference I saw from Manchester United.
“They’ve out-run Liverpool, they’ve out-sprinted Liverpool and we’ve questioned that a number of times if they’re capable of doing it and they’ve shown tonight that they are.”
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