Arjen Robben hits out at Manchester United tactics

Arjen Robben

Bayern Munich's Dutch magician compared Manchester United's defensive tactics to those of a handball team.

Though Manchester United's impressive result against Bayern may have garnered praise on this side of the channel, with pundits and media seeing it as a possible watershed moment for David Moyes' side, it appears not everyone was so impressed with their performance.

Bayern star Arjen Robben had some choice words to offer when discussing the match between the two sides.

The Guardian reports the former Chelsea winger was critical of United when speaking to German media after the game. 

"It was not easy, as our opponents didn't leave any gaps," said the Netherlands international. "We wanted to play football but they tried to stop us. The English were just playing on the counter and have played very defensively, it was almost like in handball.

"But when you go a goal down you have to be pleased with a draw. 1-1 is a very good result that we can take home with us and then we just have to finish it off next week."

A common procedure in the little-played-in-the-UK sport of handball is for defensive lineups to get completely behind the ball on the edge of the box, while the offensive side passes from side to side looking for a way through.

There are few defenders breaking out of that line with the onus more on the attackers finding the right pass or right move to open up a shot on goal.

Clearly, such a comparison isn't much of a compliment, but such is the beauty of football, it is one of thousands of employable tactics, and the one that worked on the night for the Reds. 

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