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Erik ten Hag refuses to take journalist's question at Man Utd press conference

Daniel Marland

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Erik ten Hag refuses to take journalist's question at Man Utd press conference

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag refused to take a question from Sky Sports ahead of Saturday's clash with Southampton.

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Gary Cotterill was in attendance at Carrington for Friday's press conference but didn't get the opportunity to speak with ten Hag.

The pair first met in April, when Cotterill flew out to Amsterdam following ten Hag's appointment as United boss.

He was still in charge of Ajax at the time and when approached for comment outside the club's training ground, he quickly drove away.

A month later, ten Hag watched United lose 1-0 to Crystal Palace in the final game of last season and once again crossed paths with Cotterill.

Ten Hag was approached while leaving Selhurst Park and a member of his security team pushed Cotterill.

"Are you excited to get started? You must be wanting to get stuck in straight away?" Cotterill asked before being moved away.

"Don’t push me, you’re on television," he vented, "It’s not good being man-handled by security, Erik. Man United are a big club."

The veteran reporter believes that exchange is why the duo have a frosty relationship.

Per the Daily Mail he explained: "I'm surprised. It was just two people doing their job but I'm assuming he was offended by it.

"The thing at Palace was him doing his job and not commenting and me doing my job and trying to get a comment. I'm only guessing that was the reason. 

"I haven't been told. You saw what was said but I don't think it would be too much of a leap to assume it was about that."

United registered their first win of the season against bitter rivals Liverpool on Monday and last weekend saw them move from the bottom of the league.

This week has seen the Red Devils add Casemiro to their squad and he's in line to feature at Saint Mary's on Saturday lunchtime.

However, United will be without Anthony Martial who is suffering from an Achilles injury. The France international missed the first two games of the campaign but replaced Anthony Elanga at halftime against Liverpool.

Ten Hag declared: "Anthony Martial is not fit. He came out with a problem on his Achilles, so we have to wait.

"I cannot tell a prognosis on how long it takes but we hope he will be available for the next game."

Featured Image Credit: Man Utd

Topics: Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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