At the end of the match against Newcastle, coach Erik Ten Hag made a confusing substitution decision when withdrawing both central defenders Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez from the field.
Ten Hag’s confusing substitution decision against Newcastle
In the 83rd minute of the match against Newcastle, coach Erik Ten Hag shocked when he withdrew both central defenders Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez from the field. It is quite rare for coaches to withdraw all central defenders from the field at the same time, especially when they are not injured.
Victor Lindelof and notably Facundo Pellistri – 1 striker was brought on as a substitute. At that time, MU was leading 0-1 and the Dutch strategist could completely use the substitution rights to change other positions in the attack.
It is not clear what Ten Hag’s intentions are after this decision to replace him. Just know that Lisandro Martinez is not satisfied and shows an attitude after leaving the field. Moving to the bench, the Argentine player showed his anger and threw a water bottle on the ground. The teammates had to try to cool the hot head of the player born in 1998.
After the match, Ten Hag explained his decision:
“We were too high in midfield and it was easy for their two centre-backs to attack. We had to play a little deeper. So I decided to make a substitution.”
Unfortunately, Ten Hag’s decision did not yield results. MU not only could not find an equalizer, but also let Newcastle concede 1 more goal, thereby receiving a 0-2 defeat in the end.