Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag gives Paul Ince a bottle of wine after ‘lack of respect’ comments

Erik ten Hag has finally given Paul Ince his long-awaited bottle of wine.

The Manchester United manager came onto Brighton’s pitch with a bottle of red after Ince said it was a ‘lack of respect’ not being invited for a drink while managing Reading.

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Ten Hag walked straight towards Ince before United’s clash against Brighton

The former Reading boss was delighted by the gesture

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The former Reading boss was delighted by the gesture

Ince left the Royals on April 11 after a poor run of form, but during his stint he faced United in the FA Cup earlier this season.

Reading lost 3-1 on the day, and Ince criticised Ten Hag afterwards for not inviting him to ‘pop in for a drink’.

Now working as a TV pundit, Ince was approached by the United boss before their 1-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium with a bottle in hand, to much laughter.

“I owe him one!” Ten Hag said. “There’s not always time for a drink after the game but you’re always welcome.”

Ince replied: “That’s so kind of you, thank you very much. We’ll share it after you win the cup final.”

Ince played for United between 1989 and 1995, and expected more of a reception when he faced his old side with Reading.

Ince wasn’t happy with Ten Hag at the time


Ince wasn’t happy with Ten Hag at the time

Speaking after the February FA Cup fixture, he said: “I went straight up to see Sir Alex [Ferguson] 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. 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. I couldn’t give a monkeys 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.”

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