Peter Schmeichel slams Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag for Aaron Wan-Bissaka substitution vs Tottenham Hotspur
The Red Devils visited North London on Thursday (27 April) in the Premier League. After taking a two-goal lead in the first half, the Old Trafford side let their advantage slip after the break and were pegged to a 2-2 draw.
Speaking on Premier League Productions (h/t Metro) after the game, Schmeichel, who spent eight years playing for United, was disappointed with Ten Hag’s decision to replace the former Crystal Palace star in the 71st minute.
“I’m not sure why he [ten Hag] took Wan-Bissaka off because he was really good today. We’re 2-1 up, you don’t change it, it is not that bad where you take your best defender off.”
Tottenham came into the fixture six points off the Old Trafford side in the race for the top four. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford found the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes to put the Red Devils in the driving seat.
However, in the second half, we were all over the place. Spurs created a barrage of opportunities and gave our defence multiple problems. Pedro Porro and Son Heung-min were on the scoresheet for the North London side.
Wan-Bissaka has found a place in Ten Hag’s plans in recent months. Initially, at the start of the season, the 25-year-old seemed to be out of favour in the eyes of the Dutch manager.
However, ever since the commencement of the 2022 World Cup, the English national has been given several chances in the starting lineup and has taken them with both hands.
Defensively, the right-back has been immense for United. He has given Diogo Dalot competition for a place in the team.
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Tyrell Malacia replaced Wan-Bissaka against Tottenham. The Holland international did not have the best of games and was culpable for Spurs’ equaliser as he could have done better to intercept Harry Kane’s cross. Thus, Ten Hag’s decision to take off the former Palace star was not wise.