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.
“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 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 3 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.”
Ince spent six years at Old Trafford following his move from West Ham, scoring 27 goals in 260 appearances at the club.
A move to Inter Milan materialised in 1995 and he spent two years at the San Siro before he alienated the Red Devils fanbase by joining their archrivals, Liverpool.