Erik ten Hag named his 31-man squad for this summer’s pre-season tour earlier this week and he’s finally set to see his players in action this month as they face Melbourne Victory and three Premier League teams.
Liverpool are first up for Ten Hag in what will be a stern test for United’s new-look side. Whenever the two are faced against each other in pre-season, it’s always intriguing to see if it’s treated as a friendly. On most occasions, it’s not.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has already begun selling the Bangkok encounter after he aimed a sly dig at United following their arrival into the Thailand capital.
Speaking at a press conference, Klopp made sure to comment on Liverpool’s welcome before taking on any questions by the travelling journalists.
“First question I have… did it look like this yesterday when Manchester United was here as well?” Klopp asked, according to the Manchester Evening News. As per the report, there were ‘murmurings’ of ‘no, no’ in response.
As ever, United were given a warm welcome by their Thai fans upon their arrival on Friday morning but Klopp’s playful comment will not have gone down well.
Although it’s still a pre-season friendly, any game between these two sides is going to be feisty and United will want to set the record straight after comfortably succumbing to defeat in both league fixtures last season.
Ten Hag named his 31-man squad before leaving Manchester, with several youngsters hoping to impress the Dutchman on their two-and-a-half week trip.