Erik ten Hag tells his Man United players to ignore Newcastle habit

Erik ten Hag tells his Man United players to ignore Newcastle’s ‘ANNOYING’ time-wasting habit in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final as Reds strive to win the first trophy of his tenure at Wembley

  • Manchester United take on Newcastle in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final 
  • Erik ten Hag has described Eddie Howe’s side as ‘annoying’ in their habits
  • He pointed out Newcastle are effective in slowing down play to frustrate rivals 

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United must ignore Newcastle’s ‘annoying’ habit of time-wasting and focus on winning the Carabao Cup at Wembley.

Arsenal and Liverpool are among the Premier League teams to be frustrated by Newcastle’s tactics this season, and Ten Hag is expecting them to do the same on Sunday.

Only Leeds have had the ball in play for less time than Newcastle this season. When Eddie Howe’s side played out a goalless draw with United at Old Trafford in mid-October, the ball was only live for 53.4 per cent of the total match time.

Twenty fixtures have seen a lower percentage than that in the Premier League this season, but Ten Hag is hoping Cup Final referee David Coote will be on top of any time-wasting.

‘It’s a great team with a clear philosophy,’ said the United boss. ‘It’s annoying team to play against so we have to find a way. They try to annoy you so we have to focus on our game.’

Erik ten Hag has told his Manchester United players to ignore the ‘annoying’ time-wasting habits deployed by Eddie Howe’s (left) Newcastle in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final

United players argue with referee Craig Pawson during the goalless draw between the two clubs in the Premier League back in October

Asked to expand on his comments, Ten Hag added: ‘Yeah. For instance, so if you see the referee wants to play an effective time. They have the lowest in the league and they are quite successful with it. 

‘So it’s up to us that we get speed in the game and we are also then dependent on the refereeing as well.

‘I don’t know the instructions of the opponents. We have to make it our job to focus on the game. If we concentrate on that and don’t get distracted, we can find the moments when we can strike.’

Newcastle’s most pressing problem is in goal with Nick Pope’s suspension leaving Howe with a choice between Loris Karius and Mark Gillespie.

Whoever the Newcastle manager chooses, Ten Hag warned that United will test him. ‘It’s an issue for them which they have to sort,’ he said. 

‘Of course they know it and it’s definitely not an advantage. We don’t influence, but they can influence it. Of course we have to test it.’

United were left frustrated when they drew with Newcastle in October, with the ball only live for 53.4 per cent of the game time

Ten Hag’s side enter Sunday’s final buoyed by their thrilling Europa League win over Barcelona

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