Ten Hag Labels Newcastle ‘Annoying’ Ahead Of Cup Clash
The manager of Manchester United has acknowledged that facing Newcastle can be a challenging experience and described them as an “annoying” team ahead of their Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the coach of the opposing team, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, has criticized Newcastle and labeled them as “annoying,” emphasizing the importance of Man Utd’s ability to control the match in the final.
After claiming a stunning 2-1 comeback victory against Barcelona in the Europa League play-off round at a lively Old Trafford, Manchester United’s manager, Ten Hag, has shifted his focus to the upcoming Carabao Cup final against Newcastle.
With just two days remaining until his first opportunity to win a trophy with United, he has cautioned his team about the challenges they may face from their opponents.
During his pre-match press conference, the Dutch manager provided a candid analysis of Newcastle, conceding that they can be a difficult team to compete against. He stated, “They can be quite bothersome to play against, so we need to discover a way to emerge victorious.”
Furthermore, he mentioned, “They attempt to aggravate you. We must guarantee that we adhere to our strategy and remain focused. The referee appears to desire an effective game. Newcastle has the lowest effective game time in the league and has had some success with it. Therefore, it is our responsibility to hasten the game and rely on the officiating as well.”
Newcastle has had an excellent start to the 2022-23 campaign, currently sitting fifth in the Premier League table with a game in hand, trailing Manchester United by eight points. The Magpies were able to hold United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford prior to the World Cup break, and are one of just three teams to have gained points at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League this season.
Although Eddie Howe’s team has been in good form and is genuinely competing for a top-four finish, they have recently begun to struggle. They have been unable to secure a win in their last three matches and lost their most recent game at home against Liverpool, during which goalkeeper Nick Pope was sent off, ruling him out of their first final since 1999.
Manchester United’s next focus is on another crucial match scheduled for Sunday. However, there is uncertainty surrounding the availability of Marcus Rashford for the final, and the club is anxiously monitoring his fitness. All attention is now directed towards this significant game for United.