When asked by Robson to pinpoint a specific area that can be improved, Ten Hag replied: “The timing. When you start the press. For instance, I see still switches we can avoid and we can prepare a better press.

“And I think, also on the ball, we play well but you see, in the end, when it’s 2-0 or 3-0 up, the belief is increasing. And then, also on the ball, we can delay and we can postpone and we can fight opponents so they come out and we can speed up.

“The 2-0 [goal], especially, was a great goal.”

Next up for the Reds is Aston Villa at the weekend, with the squad flying on to Perth for the fourth fixture of Tour 2022.

Every pre-season game – including Aston Villa (10:45 BST Saturday 23 July) – will be shown live on MUTV, now available in our app and on

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