Erik ten Hag underplays Manchester United hammering Liverpool in pre-season friendly

Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United should not get ahead of themselves despite a 4-0 friendly victory against rivals Liverpool in his first match in charge.

More than 50,000 were in the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok to see the Premier League giants open their respective pre-season campaigns on Tuesday night.

New boss Ten Hag saw promising signs in Thailand, where Jadon Sancho, Fred and Anthony Martial scored in the first half and Facundo Pellistri wrapped up the eye-catching win.

It was a dream start in terms of result but the Dutchman wants much more from his team.

"Of course we are satisfied today because I think that was a team with a great spirit and we know we are just starting and things went wrong, clear," Ten Hag said.

"We did the press, we made some mistakes in pressing, we conceded some chances, but also we created a lot.

"I think our team played brave, played proactive. We have to work really hard to cut out the mistakes but of course we are happy with the first game. I know we have good players.

"Now we have to construct a team and we started the first game now, so I am happy with the first game."

Liverpool had numerous chances to score across a match in which they made sweeping changes on three occasions.

United changed their outfield line-up at half-time and were under the cosh in the second half of the Bangkok Century Cup clash.

"Believe me, I have seen a lot of mistakes," Ten Hag told MUTV. "You would not say (that when you look) at the result but, be honest, Liverpool plays in three teams.

"They were not in their strongest so we have to not overestimate this result. We have to (be careful).

"But, still, I have seen some really good things and I think what you see is we have a lot of creativity and speed up front, so we have potential."

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