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Manchester United Adopted Handball Tactics Against Bayern Munich, Says Arjen Robben

Dutchman was critical of the approach taken  by Moyes and Co.

Bayern Munich wide man Arjen Robben has compared Manchester United’s tactics in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League quarter-final as being like those of a handball team, according to reports on BBC Sport Online.

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The Premier League champions held the European and Bundesliga champions to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, with the return leg in Bavaria next Wednesday, however, the home side enjoyed just 26 per cent of possession in the entire first leg.

And the Netherlands international has now criticised the approach taken by the Red Devils in the tie, saying:  “We wanted to play football but they tried to stop us, just playing on the counter-attack, it was almost like handball.

“It was not easy, as Manchester United played very defensively and didn’t leave any gaps.”

Meanwhile, Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola was also unhappy with how his opposite number David Moyes set his team up at the Theatre of Dreams, saying: “When you see the second half and you see nine players in the box, it is not easy. It’s important that we controlled so well in this situation and we played with patience and found the goal.”

 

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