Manchester United lifted a piece of silverware after beating Liverpool in Erik ten Hag’s first game as manager. On Tuesday, the celebration was a contractual obligation as United were presented with the Bangkok Centenary Cup.
Ten Hag and Bruno Fernandes, who had started the match as United’s captain, lifted the trophy together. United have moved onto Australia to continue pre-season preparations, with Melbourne matches against Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace followed by a Perth friendly against Aston Villa
United ran riot against an extremely unfamiliar Liverpool side. It was clear Liverpool viewed this game as little more than a fitness exercise to benefit their whole squad. Losing to your rivals by this scoreline always hurts, but Klopp and his side won’t dwell on it for long.
The result should be taken with a pinch of salt under the circumstances but any victory over Liverpool is worth a little celebration. Ten Hag will not get carried away given Liverpool are behind United in terms of pre-season preparations and started with a far less experienced team, but there were certainly welcome signs of quality and potential.