Erik ten Hag teased as Melbourne Victory take friendly lead but Red Devils bounce back
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was mocked by Melbourne Victory fans, who told him his time as boss was over!
The Dutchman, 52, has only just taken over the club as manager, having left Ajax at the end of last season, but the hosts were quick to tease him during the pre-season friendly. season.
The Premier League side entered the clash against Melbourne Victory following an emphatic 4-0 victory over Liverpool in Bangkok on Tuesday.
However, things didn’t look so rosy when Chris Ikonomidis gave the hosts the lead within five minutes.
Australian fans were then heard chanting “you’re getting fired tomorrow morning”, directed at Ten Hag before his competitive tenure had even begun.
The United boss has gone with a solid line-up for the clash, suggesting he is wasting no time in finding his starting XI ahead of the new season.
He made just three changes to the side that beat Liverpool, with goalkeeper Tom Heaton replacing David de Gea, Harry Maguire replacing Raphael Varane as a defender and Anthony Elanga replacing Marcus Rashford on the left wing.
Maguire’s inclusion will be a positive boost for the England international, with Ten Hag keen for him to continue as captain.
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Despite the chants, United managed to come from behind before half-time and eventually won the game 4-1.
Scott McTominay put the Red Devils level with a deflected effort, and Anthony Martial put them ahead before the break.
The Frenchman now has two goals in two games so far in pre-season and is looking to continue impressing his new boss as he aims to cement a shocking place in the squad ahead of the new season.
Meanwhile, in the second half, Marcus Rashford got on the scoresheet with the help of a fine assist from Eric Bailly, and a Tahith Chong was brought home by the Melbourne Victory defender Edmond Lupancu to complete the score.
Former Ajax boss Ten Hag will be under pressure to perform with United enduring a miserable sixth-place finish last season, but these results will help him settle.
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