Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag to hold ‘clear the air talks’ with Sky Sports reporter

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has reportedly offered Sky Sports News reporter Gary Cotterill an opportunity for clear the air talks.

The Dutchman completely blanked the veteran reporter when he tried to ask questions during his pre-match press conference before United's 1-0 victory at Southampton. Ten Hag has displayed an evident dislike towards Cotterill ever since their first interaction at Selhurst Park, when the former Ajax boss was door stepped by Cotterill after watching United lose 1-0 against Crystal Palace in their final match of last season.

Cotterill then cemented a place in Ten Hag’s list of media foes when he surprised the Dutchman at Ajax's training ground, while the now United boss was posing for photographs with a young Ajax fan and her father. However, an olive branch appears to have been extended towards Cotterill by Ten Hag and the Red Devils.

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Reports from the Daily Mail understand Ten Hag has offered Cotterill the opportunity to meet and have a discussion about past events. While there may still be some frostiness between the pair in the coming months, these purported talks are a sign that Ten Hag is willing to let bygones be bygones.

United have not restricted any access towards other Sky Sports News reporters and have even allowed them sufficient time with Ten Hag for one-to-one interviews. It is a far cry from the time Cotterill was being blocked from Ten Hag's path by security officials at Selhurst Park.

"I'm surprised. It was just two people doing their job," Cotterill said after being shepherded away from Ten Hag by some bulky security officers at Selhurst Park.

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"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."


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