Man Utd legend Ince slams Erik ten Hag's staff over 'lack of respect' for not inviting him for drink after Reading loss | The Sun

Man Utd legend Ince slams Erik ten Hag's staff over 'lack of respect' for not inviting him for drink after Reading loss | The Sun

February 3, 2023

PAUL INCE has accused Erik ten Hag's Manchester United staff of showing him a "lack of respect" by snubbing him for a post-match drink.

The former Red Devils midfielder took Reading to Old Trafford last weekend for their FA Cup fourth-round clash, which they lost 3-1.

Ince's former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at the Theatre of Dreams and invited him to have a post-match drink, a courtesy he claims wasn't extended to him by Ten Hag or his backroom staff.

The Reading caretaker boss said: "I went straight up to see Sir Alex because I got a text from him afterwards to say. 'Come up and see me.'

"So myself, my wife and Thomas [Ince] went up there and spent an hour with him.

"It disappointed me because none of the United staff asked me in for a glass of wine.


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"I didn't like that, it's a lack of respect.

"Whoever it is, win, lose or draw, you say pop in for a drink.

"Whether it's wine or tea it doesn't really matter.

"None of their staff did that so that was disappointing.

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“I couldn't give a monkey’s but I just pride it on myself, as a manager, whether or not you get beaten, you say come in for a glass of wine."

Ten Hag was far from happy with Reading's physical approach to the cup clash, which left midfielder Christian Eriksen sidelined for three months.

The Dutchman said of Andy Carroll's tackle which crocked Eriksen: “I'm disappointed about that.

“I think football has to set limits, restrictions, that protect the players.

"What football wants is the best players to be available on the pitch.

“This is a tackle – and the two tackles after it – that don’t belong on a pitch.

"Because there is a high risk of injuring your colleague.

"So, it's worse and I'm left wondering about that."

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Reading will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, welcoming promotion-chasing Watford to the Madejski Stadium.

United, meanwhile, will also be in action on Saturday, taking on Crystal Palace at The Theatre of Dreams

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