Erik ten Hag brands Newcastle 'annoying' over time-wasting concerns

‘They are an ANNOYING team to play against’: Erik ten Hag admits he fears Newcastle will time waste in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, but calls on his Man United side to ‘focus on the job’ at hand and ‘find a way to win’

  • Erik ten Hag has branded Newcastle ‘annoying’ amid concerns over time wasting
  • Liverpool and Arsenal both expressed frustrations with the Magpies’ approach
  • Ten Hag has told his United players to try and speed the game up at Wembley

Erik ten Hag has branded Newcastle annoying amid concerns Eddie Howe’s side will use time-wasting tactics in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and his Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta have both expressed frustration over Newcastle’s approach, and Ten Hag is expecting more gamesmanship at Wembley.

The ball has only been in play for an average of 51 minutes and 47 seconds of Newcastle’s games this season — the lowest of any Premier League club apart from Leeds.

Defender Jamaal Lascelles also has the dubious distinction of picking up two yellow cards for time-wasting, despite being an unused substitute, after he tried to block throw-ins against Arsenal and Chelsea while warming up on the touchline.

Ten Hag has told his players to try to speed the game up on Sunday, and hopes referee David Coote will be on top of attempts by Newcastle to slow it down.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has labelled Newcastle ‘annoying’ amid concerns over time wasting in the Carabao Cup final this weekend

‘They’re an annoying team to play against, so we have to find a way to win,’ said Ten Hag, who saw United held to a goalless draw by Newcastle at Old Trafford in mid-October.

‘They try to annoy you. We have to make sure we play our game and we focus on our game.

‘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.

‘We have to make it our game, so focus on the job and playing football when the ball is in the game, it’s about that.

‘So fully concentrated on that. Don’t get distracted from what can be, whatever is on the pitch. We have to find our way and find out the moments we can strike.’

Newcastle’s most pressing concern is in goal with Nick Pope’s suspension leaving Howe to choose between Loris Karius and Mark Gillespie.

Loris Karius could play for Newcastle and Ten Hag wants to test the stand-in goalkeeper

Former Liverpool man Karius is expected to play but, whoever gets the nod, Ten Hag intends on putting the stand-in goalkeeper to the test.

‘It’s an issue for them which they have to sort, and of course we know it,’ he added. ‘That definitely is not an advantage. Of course we have to test it, that is quite obvious.’

Manchester United will play Real Betis in the last 16 of the Europa League on March 9 (h) and March 16 (a).

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