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Erik ten Hag gives out instructions during the Pre-season Friendly match between Ajax and Leeds United at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on August 4, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Watch: Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag enjoys sweary post-match interview

Erik ten Hag enjoyed his first victory as Manchester United manager as his side beat Liverpool 2-1 in Monday’s Premier League meeting – and the new United boss failed to hide his exuberance during a hilarious post-match interview with Sky Sports.

Ten Hag was appointed United manager in May 2021 following his successful spell with Ajax but his first two league matches ended in embarrassing defeats against Brighton and Brentford.

These pair of reverses left the Red Devils bottom of the Premier League and questions had already begun to be asked about Ten Hag’s suitability for the manager’s role at Old Trafford.

But the 52-year-old responded by making sweeping changes for the Liverpool clash. Out went Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Fred with Antony Elanga, Scott McTominay, Tyrell Malacia and Raphael Varane replacing them.

And Ten Hag was rewarded with a strong performance and goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford earnt United their first league win over Liverpool since March 2018.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, including United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane, Ten Hag was clearly chuffed with the efforts of his players and left United fans in stiches with some strong language in the heat of the moment.

“We can talk about tactics, but it’s all about attitude,” Ten Hag said. “We brought it onto the pitch, there was a fighting spirit, and communication. You can see what they can achieve because they can fucking good play football.”

As presenter Dave Jones reached for the smelling salts and apologised to viewers for the strong language, despite it being a full hour after the watershed, Ten Hag offered his own apology.

“Sorry,” he said before continuing: “I wanted a different approach to the Brentford game, and that’s what they brought to the pitch. This is why I am satisfied. We can play much better if we have more composure to make an extra pass.

“We have good players, but now we can be a team.”


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