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Howe slams ‘nonsense’ Ten Hag claims after Newcastle-Man Utd clash

Eddie Howe, Erik ten Hag
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The Magpies boss responded to Ten Hag’s comments after his side leapfrogged Man Utd in the Premier League.

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe hit back at his Manchester United counterpart Erik ten Hag of accusing his side of time-wasting.

Ten Hag made this claim in October after Newcastle and Manchester United drew 0-0 at Old Trafford. They have met twice since then. Their most recent counter came on Sunday, where Joe Willock and Callum Wilson’s goals earned a 2-0 win for Howe’s men at St. James’ Park.

“I want to make one thing very clear – we want the ball in play. We want a quick game,” Howe said.

‘I don’t get where this time-wasting nonsense has come from, because it’s not us and you saw today, we wanted the ball back in play as quickly as possible. High energy, high tempo.’

“I’ll always stand up for my team,” the Magpies coach added.

“I’ll always stand up for what I believe is right, and that’s what I’ll always do. I think if something’s not accurate, then naturally you want to put the right point across. But we fully deserved the win. We showed real belief. Today is a blueprint for how we want the team to play, in almost every phase.”

Following their weekend success, Newcastle have leapfrogged Manchester United into third in the Premier League.