Erik ten Hag was impressed by Manchester United’s “great spirit” after they kicked off their pre-season tour with a 4-0 win over Liverpool.

The Red Devils recorded a comfortable victory against an understrength Reds side in Bangkok thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho, Fred, Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellistri, while Tyrell Malacia made his bow for the club.

Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League finalists utilised a much-rotated team throughout the friendly encounter, while United started with close to a full-strength XI, resulting in something of a lopsided result.

But Ten Hag, who succeed interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of last season, still had positives to take from the fixture ahead of his side flying out to Australia to continue their preparations for the new term.

“Of course we are satisfied today, because I think they were a team with a great spirit,” he told MUTV. “We know we have just started.

“We made some mistakes in pressing, we conceded some chances, but also we created a lot. Our team played bravely. We are happy with the first game.

“I know we have good players. Now we have to make a [good] team. [It will] take a lot of time.

“Liverpool were not at their strongest, so we will not overestimate this, but still, I have seen some really good things. We have potential.”

Ten Hag’s men next travel to Victoria to face Melbourne Victory – who could deploy former United winger Nani – on July 15, before tests against fellow Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

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