Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag admitted shock at Brighton’s type of play throughout their win at Previous Trafford, suggesting the Seagulls took a extra pragmatic strategy than individuals are used to seeing from them.
Brighton, who thrashed Ralf Rangnick’s United on the Amex Stadium in Could, had by no means received at Previous Trafford earlier than the weekend. However Pascal Gross scored twice within the first half to safe a 2-1 victory.
Ten Hag has conceded that he didn’t anticipate Brighton to play how they did, ditching a extra possession-based ways in favour of longer balls that negated United’s try to press.
“Brighton is a staff who usually desires to play from the again, [but] they did not,” Ten Hag stated.
“They performed lengthy ball, so it is not about urgent, it is about profitable the second ball, after which in such events, we didn’t all the time do what we laid out earlier than the sport and we undoubtedly need to be taught from these classes. I did not anticipate that this staff would play lengthy routines and I feel it was a giant distinction.”
Ten Hag additionally lamented his lack of time to implement his concepts and familiarise the squad together with his philosophy in comparison with Graham Potter, who has been in cost at Brighton since 2019.
“Our opponent have their routines, they’re a very long time along with a sure philosophy and a sure plan, cooperation between coach and staff, you might see. And generally we aren’t. However nonetheless, it was pointless to lose this sport,” Ten Hag stated.
However whereas the United boss was taken abruptly by Brighton’s tactic, his reverse quantity wasn’t.
“It was not overly stunning from our perspective. They’d just a few choices,” Potter stated.
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