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‘We’re not playing Haaland, we’re playing Manchester City’ United manager Erik Ten Hag ignores Haaland threat amid Manchester City v Manchester United clash

This Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, an anticipated Premier League rivalry between Manchester City and Manchester United is to be seen where former teammates and friends like Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland will face off to maintain their teams’ prominence.

From a manager’s perspective, Pep Guardiola will face one of his prominent assistants, Eric Ten Hag, who recently revealed that facing Haaland is much better than facing an entire Man City side.

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Pep Guardiola is considered the best manager in the world, but Erik ten Hag is so adamant about his path that his Manchester United side will make no mistake on derby day at the Etihad as tToday is his first derby, and he intends to lead the Red Devils with a strategy to impose their style of play on a City side who have scored like crazy so far this year. Needless to say, United fell flat at the Etihad Stadium, losing 4-1 in March, and lost both derbies last season by an aggregate score of 6-1.

Erik ten Hag is so confident Manchester United can clinch a win against Manchester City in today’s derby, but he’s adamant they won’t focus all their efforts on trying to thwart Erling Haaland, who transferred to Manchester City from German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in the off-season, and also responsible for 11 of his side’s 23 Premier League goals so far this season.

Haaland, the 22-year-old, will play against the Red Devils for the first time at the Etihad this Sunday and has adapted well to life in English football. On another side, Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, who were instrumental in United’s recent mini-revival under Ten Hag, are expected to come up against him but the former Ajax manager would not be pressured into stopping the powerful forward. center.

During his pre-match press conference, Ten Hag, who was crowned coach of the month for September on Friday, noticed, “We are not playing against Haaland; we play against Manchester City; they have a team, more than 11 players, but also we are convinced of our abilities, and if we act as a team, in possession and out of possession, then you can beat such opponents.

Ten Hag’s confidence usually revolves around his defenders, who are enthusiastic enough to take on any type of opponent, regardless of size and physique. Speaking of size, Lisandro Martinez, a 5ft 9in defender for United, can ‘handle’ playing against bigger forwards like Haaland, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Norway’s Erling Haaland, who is 6ft 4in, is exactly seven inches taller than Martinez, Argentina’s smallest centre-back in the league. However, the Argentine silenced Haaland earlier by neutralizing the Norwegian in Ajax’s 4-0 Champions League win at home to Borussia Dortmund last October.

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