Manchester Vs Liverpool: 4-0

Even before Manchester United's three-goal first-half flurry

Erik ten Hag had been meticulously drilling into his players throughout pre-season - sharper reaction, surety in transition, confidence on the ball and cohesion without it

There was a zip to Manchester United's play, a hunger to their pressing but, crucially, this was displayed by a united team rather than individuals ploughing their own furrows.

To see training methods translate so seamlessly into match situations so soon into his tenure will have heartened the Dutchman, despite his insistence on downplaying the significance of the result.

A 4-0 victory over Liverpool in Bangkok will count for nothing if United roll over when the sides meet in the Premier League at Old Trafford on August 22, but that doesn't take away from the fact the positives were plentiful.