Erik ten Hag reveals Manchester United playing tactics ahead of Liverpool clash

Erik ten Hag reveals Manchester United playing tactics ahead of Liverpool clash

Erik ten Hag has explained how he wants the Manchester United squad to play ahead of their first pre-season game against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Man United have since started their pre-season on June 27 but Ten Hag will know next week how far his new players have adapted to his philosophy.

The Manchester United squad started their pre-season tour on Friday with a trip to Bangkok and on July 12, they would face Liverpool, which would give Erik ten Hag a chance to see how his new squad would put all they have learned so far on the pitch against one of the finest Premier League sides.

The Dutchman has stated that he wants his Manchester United side to play a proactive style of football, which would see Man United players, if they fully adapted to his philosophy, be brave and willing to have the ball.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Ten Hag told MU: “We want to play a proactive style of football. On the ball and off the ball. Trying to do that has to be our intention. The coaches bring it over to the team that we are, in every situation, proactive.

“We are brave and willing to have the ball, to give each other options. But also off the ball, to get the pressing style is what we’re working for together.”

Erik ten Hag says he's pleased with how Manchester United players have performed in the ongoin pre-season
Erik ten Hag says he’s pleased with how Manchester United players have performed in the ongoin pre-season

On the pre-season tour with the squad, the former Ajax manager added: “We have two weeks to work really close together and we will learn about each other because I want to learn about them and they want to learn about me, my coaches and assistants.”

On what he plans to bring to his Manchester United team, Ten Hag continued: “Of course, I want to bring the energy in my team. But I must say, the players do really well. They are really focused. They bring, for themselves, the energy. They enjoy playing football together and they really work well together.

“I have to learn, to know my squad, the personnel, the individuals, the players. That is, I think, one of the biggest advantages from the tour.”

Summer signing Tyrell Malacia joined up with the Manchester United squad to Bangkok while Christian Eriksen is expected to join later once his move has been official.

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t part of the travelling squad. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains out of the squad due to family issues and uncertain future.