Eddie Howe slams Erik ten Hag ‘nonsense’ claims after Newcastle beat Man United


Eddie Howe hit back at Erik ten Hag’s ‘nonsense’ time-wasting claims after his Newcastle United side leapfrogged Manchester United into third place in the Premier League.

Goals by Joe Willock and Callum Wilson earned a richly deserved 2-0 win at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon to boost Newcastle’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

It also afforded a measure of revenge for Newcastle’s defeat by the same scoreline in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley in February.

Prior to that game, Ten Hag had labelled Howe’s side ‘annoying’ and accused them of deliberately running the clock down during the teams’ goalless draw at Old Trafford back in October.

Newcastle’s official Twitter account even got in on the act during Sunday’s win, tweeting ‘no time-wasting required’ as the game ended, before describing Allan Saint-Maximin as ‘annoying’ to play against.

And Howe said afterwards: ‘I want to make one thing very clear – we want the ball in play. We want a quick game.

‘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.’

Howe and Ten Hag were involved in an angry exchange during the second-half as Newcastle tried to run down the clock with their goal advantage.

The Newcastle manager was pointing out to Ten Hag that his side had been trying to do the same at 0-0.

Howe added: ‘I’ll always stand up for my team. 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.’

The win was a major boost for Newcastle’s hopes of a top four finish as they moved above Man United on goal difference.

Tottenham can move above them both – and push Ten Hag’s team down to fifth – if they beat Everton on Monday night.


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