Why Erik won't be on the touchline

Friday 24 November 2023 10:03

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag won't be on the touchline at Goodison Park on Sunday, when the Reds take on Everton.

The boss picked up a third yellow card this term during the 1-0 win over Luton Town at Old Trafford prior to the international break, after earlier cautions against north London sides Tottenham and Arsenal.

Erik was frustrated when a throw-in decision was overturned in the Hatters' favour, during a second half that ended up being pretty tense, with only Victor Lindelof's goal separating the sides.

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That booking meant a one-match touchline suspension, which will be served on Merseyside, in the first of three straight away games for United.

"Yes, that's the way [it is]," he told beIN Sports after the Luton meeting. "So I have to accept that. It’s not nice but I’m sure we’ll prepare for Everton and my coaching staff will take over, they are very competent to do the job.

"So that was about a moment so clear, it was a throw-in," elaborated Ten Hag at his post-match press conference. "But it was the second time. I was on top of it and it was so clear and obvious [it was] our ball. It was my remark, therefore, I got booked."

When asked if he would fine himself, Erik replied: "If the players get a red card, they probably get fined. But, for a booking, they don't get fined. There is a certain point you have to accept decisions, what I should do as well."

The Reds' trip to Goodison is followed by a key Champions League encounter in Turkey, against Galatasaray, before we travel to Tyneside to face Newcastle United next Saturday.