Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag aims savage dig at Arne Slot ahead of Liverpool move

Arne Slot and Erik ten Hag
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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has subtly criticised new Liverpool boss Arne Slot, suggesting his achievements at Feyenoord are being exaggerated in comparison to Peter Bosz's success with PSV Eindhoven, who have just clinched the Eredivisie title.

Ten Hag, whose future at Old Trafford is set to be decided this week following an unexpected FA Cup victory over Manchester City, said: "People have been going overly lyrical about Feyenoord," and added, "Feyenoord were steady this year, but not top. PSV Eindhoven were two classes better in all areas. In terms of dominating the ball, in terms of putting pressure, in terms of intensity, you name it."

He praised Bosz and his team for their exceptional work, stating: "Bosz and his staff did that top notch, but the rest of the club is also well put together. PSV Eindhoven were better than the rest by such a long distance, even so much better than Feyenoord."

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After United's stunning 2-1 win against Man City at Wembley on Saturday, Ten Hag defended his tenure by highlighting his consistent record of winning trophies since joining United and pointed out the challenges he faced upon taking over, saying the club was in a "mess" after years of underperformance post-Ferguson.

Despite high hopes, United's campaign concluded with an eighth-place finish in the Premier League, a stark contrast to last year's third place, as Ten Hag's ambitions were thwarted by a spate of injuries. However, he believes Slot won't face similar challenges at Liverpool following Klopp's comprehensive squad overhaul last summer.

Speaking to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Ten Hag reflected: "Jurgen and (assistant) Pep Lijnders have left behind a strong foundation. He (Slot) comes into a better position than I did at the time when I went to Manchester United from the Netherlands."

"In terms of structure at the club, in terms of balance in the selection. Last year they (Liverpool) had a transition in the team. Then guys like Fabinho and Jordan Henderson left. Last season at Liverpool, they also had a bit of the year we had now, with a lot of injuries."