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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag sends ‘five strong messages’ to Liverpool ahead of pre-season friendly

Manchester United faces Liverpool in Bangkok on Tuesday, and Erik ten Hag is looking forward to the challenge of facing a Premier League opponent.

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United must attempt to win every game ahead of their pre-season opener against Liverpool in Bangkok.

On Tuesday, the Dutchman will take command of his first United game in front of a sold-out Rajamangala Stadium, and they will face a familiar rival in Thailand.

United arrived in Bangkok on Saturday to fight for the Century Cup against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who arrived a day later.

Given the warm circumstances and the fact that it is the first friendly of the summer, wholesale changes are expected throughout the game, but Ten Hag still wants his team to win.

“It’s always fantastic to play against Liverpool, it’s a big game, we’re looking forward to it, and it’s a really good test for us,” he said.

“Manchester United’s standard is to win every game, so we’ll start with that in mind and be determined, and we’re excited to play this game in Bangkok for many, many fans.”

The United squad returned to pre-season training two weeks ago, however, players who participated in internationals in June only returned last Monday.

Ten Hag is already having an impact on the training ground, and players are enjoying his sessions, with the 52-year-old eager to use his time at the club to build a playing style.

“We just started [training], some players only one week, so we have to build a team and a style of play, we are incredibly short in pre-season but of course, we have a lot more to improve,” he remarked.

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