Erik ten Hag on the final with Newcastle: They are an annoying team to play against

“Sunday is a challenge again but totally different [to Barcelona], and it is also great to play them."

by Sead Dedovic
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Erik ten Hag on the final with Newcastle: They are an annoying team to play against

Manchester United wants to win the first trophy after 6 years. Erik ten Hag's team is in great shape and in today's match against Newcastle United, they will aim to win the Carabao Cup. Newcastle United will have a difficult task, given that their goalkeepers Nick Pope and Martin Dubravka will not be available.

The first because of an injury, and the second because he played for Manchester United in the first part of the season. Erik ten Hag is aware that Newcastle has a problem. "It's an issue for them [Newcastle] which they have to sort.

And of course we know it”. - Erik ten Hag said for Manchester United official page. “It's definitely not an advantage [for them]. But we don't influence it, they can influence it and the one who is holding [the position] can influence it.

But of course we have to test it, that's quite obvious”.

Erik ten Hag on Newcastle United

Erik ten Hag is aware that it will be a difficult match. Newcastle United is a team that knows how to play. Tactically, they are very strong, and it seems that United's biggest problem will be to find a hole in the defense.

“Sunday is a challenge again but totally different [to Barcelona], and it is also great to play them. I think it's a great team, with a clear philosophy of how they want to play the game. The key word is intensity, they are doing really well.

They are an annoying team to play against, so we have to find a way to win [against] them. We want to find a good plan and a strategy to beat our opponents”. The Dutchman believes that Newcastle United is a team that wants to slow down the game and play smart.

His team will accelerate the pace from the start. “If you see, the FA, the referees, they want to play the effective time. So they [Newcastle] have the lowest in the league. They are quite successful with it, so it's up to us that we get speed in the game.

We have to focus on playing football when the ball is in the game, it’s about that. So stay fully concentrated on that and don’t get distracted – we have to focus on the job”.

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