Before the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, Ten Hag issued a caution to the officials, urging them to take action against Newcastle’s timewasting and unscrupulous behavior that has been linked to their recent performances under Eddie Howe.
According to a report, Kieran Trippier has defended Newcastle’s tactics and vowed that the team will do whatever it takes to win the Carabao Cup final.
The defender questioned why anyone would have an issue with the tactics in question, speaking to the Daily Mail.
The former Atletico Madrid star said:
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I have experienced it a lot in Spain.”
“It’s about knowing when to slow a game down. If the opposition are having more of the ball and are on top, of course you’ve got to kill the game. You’re not going to take a quick throw-in and say, ‘Carry on’. You have to manage the game.”
“Some teams are not happy with us this season, but it’s about being clever in that moment, about using your experience. Opposition fans are not going to like it either, because it’s against their team. But as a neutral, I think it’s good to see. I don’t see why everyone’s kicking off about it, it’s good!”
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag acknowledged that Newcastle employ tactics to irritate their opponents, but urged his team to concentrate on their own performance in the Carabao Cup final, where they aim to win their first trophy under the Dutchman since 2017.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are hoping to end a 68-year drought without winning a major trophy.
It is interesting to note that Newcastle has received fewer yellow cards in the Premier League this season than United, with a total of 42 compared to United’s 53.