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‘Manchester United fans won’t stand for it’ – Glenn Hoddle sceptical about Michael Carrick’s tactics after Chelsea draw


Michael Carrick set his team up defensively against Chelsea (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Manchester United fans won’t stand for ‘negative’ tactics each week when there’s so much attacking talent in the squad.

That’s the opinion of former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle, who believes Michael Carrick’s tactics were a necessity at Stamford Bridge but they can’t be a long-term approach for the Red Devils.

United are eighth in the table and have a goal difference of -1, having conceded 22 times in 13 matches this term.

Having won just one of their last eight league matches, Carrick opted to start with Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay in midfield behind a front three of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.

United had just 34% possession at Stamford Bridge and managed just two shots on target.

Hoddle is sceptical about United’s tactics [Picture: PLP]

And Hoddle believes United fans won’t stomach the same tactics moving forward, as there’s too much quality in the squad to play like that.

‘You can’t put a Manchester United team with the talent that’s in that squad,’ Hoddle told Premier League Productions.

‘You can’t put a team out like that every week to win and to try to get up the league and to win league titles.

Today, for me, Michael [Carrick] got it spot on – whoever picked the team for today’s performance got it spot on.

‘Against Chelsea in the form they’re in, they’re a great side in a great run. They couldn’t come here today and be expansive but going forward I know Manchester United fans aren’t going to stand playing that way.

‘There’s going to be games when they play that way and they’ll lose so it’s a stepping stone but it’s not a template for United to go forward.’

United confirmed Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager on Monday morning.

The German is awaiting a visa to see if he can take charge of United for Thursday’s clash against Arsenal.


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