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Ange Postecoglou appears to aim dig at Erik ten Hag and Man Utd excuses, it's so savage

Daniel Marland

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Ange Postecoglou appears to aim dig at Erik ten Hag and Man Utd excuses, it's so savage

Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou appears to have aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Erik ten Hag and the way Manchester United play.

Since arriving at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the summer, Postecoglou's been praised for his uncompromising style.

The Australian coach never abandon his beliefs on the pitch. It's worked out better than expected, with Spurs fourth in the Premier League table despite losing their last two before the international break.

Ahead of his side's return to action against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, Postecoglou spoke to the Daily Mail and opened up about this month's 4-1 defeat to Chelsea.

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Spurs had Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie sent off, while Micky van de Ven and James Maddison went off injured in the first half.

Postecoglou refused to change Spurs' approach. They were well-beaten by their London rivals, earning praise in the process.

The 58-year-old admitted: "In the broad church of football philosophies, I have stayed really strict to one religion. I went into a library of football books and got stuck on one section that was about attacking football.

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"It's the only space I feel comfortable in. If you asked me to set up a team to get a point by playing defensive football I could probably do it but I wouldn't have anywhere near the conviction as if you asked me to try and win 3-0.

Spurs have lost their last two. That won't force Postecoglou to change his ways. (Image Credit: Getty)
Spurs have lost their last two. That won't force Postecoglou to change his ways. (Image Credit: Getty)

"I actually understand what people are saying about that night. If I was on the outside I would be saying the same thing.

"But this is the test for me, isn't it? The amount of times I hear managers saying: "I would like to play this way but I don't have the players…"

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"I just think: 'Just do it mate…".

Postecoglou's comments come after United boss Ten Hag claimed earlier this year he can't play the style of football at Old Trafford as he did with former team Ajax.

The Dutchman claims he's altered his style to try and fall in line with the Red Devils' 'football DNA'.

Ten Hag's struggled to get United firing this season. (Image Credit: Getty)
Ten Hag's struggled to get United firing this season. (Image Credit: Getty)
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He said: "The explanation from my point of view was totally wrong that I can’t play like Ajax because I have different players.

"I came here with my philosophy based on possession but also [I want] to combine it with the DNA of Manchester United and combine it with the characters of the players. We have seen what it was. We played very good football last season."

Despite winning four of their last five, United are sixth in the Premier League and on the brink of Champions League elimination.

They return to action against Everton on Sunday afternoon before facing a trip to Galatasaray on Wednesday. They know defeat will knock them out of Europe's elite competition.

Featured Image Credit: talkSPORT & Getty Images

Topics: Ange Postecoglou, Tottenham Hotspur, Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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