Joel Veltman reveals how Brighton ruined ten Hag’s debut


Joel Veltman didn’t have time to meet up with his old boss after Albion beat Manchester United.

He spoke to Donny van de Beek, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen, but not Erik ten Hag after the Seagulls’ 2-1 win.

But he said he’s seen enough to suspect the former Ajax manager will cause problems for opponents if he settles at Old Trafford.

Veltman was once again outstanding for the Seagulls, for what he did and how his skills and Adam Webster’s enabled Graham Potter to play a certain way.

Albion could defend well, but also had a squad full of creative, potentially attacking players.

They also showed an ability to adapt to problems on the pitch, although Webster admitted it was sometimes difficult to understand one another when the home fans found their voice.

There were maybe three ways to appreciate the game at Old Trafford.

You might enjoy the opportunity. Arrive at the famous, imposing stadium more than three hours before kick-off and already feel the excitement.

Even the anticipation of traveling to the North West to hear so much preparation for one of world football’s most important events on the day.

Okay, almost the whole build was centered on United. But that was fine. Actually it was perfect.

And the sounds and sights of a packed stadium in the sunshine, with the away corner lively of course.

Then you could enjoy the afternoon playing football. A clever back heel, a sly forward play, a leaping fingertip catch, an end-to-end movement.

Third, it could be considered to be probably the loudest chess game you’ve ever seen.

The tacticians, both amateur and professional, had a great day analyzing what was going on between the former Ajax manager and the England manager who is quietly taking the Premier League by storm.

Today there is a wealth of tactical analysis covering the Prem.

A bit like all the stats and data you see now, it’s intriguing to a point – before it gets a bit boring.

But Veltman summed it up succinctly – that he and Webster had to do “a job and a half” to play their part against Lewis Dunk.

(In fact, Webster used the same expression in his interviews deep below the Stretford End).

The Netherlands international told The Argus: “I know how it is, I know how he (ten Hag) plays.

“Of course, different stadium, different fans, different players, but you could see at the beginning that we were struggling because of his ideas.

“So I think he’s going to do great things here.

“There were two tens, Fernandes and Eriksen, and two wingers, Rashford and Sancho.

“We fought with Webster and I, ‘Okay, let’s go in,’ and then we leave Rashford and they played the diagonal pass.

“We ended up doing a job and a half. I think our form was better after 15 minutes.

“Moises and Pascal were also central defenders at times because their tens were quite high on the pitch, so we struggled a bit with that.

“But we stuck together, pulled ourselves together and waited for our chances.”

Of course, the Albion back three and even the goalie can all play a bit.

There was talk of them playing a little longer than usual.

But the second goal was a feat of the short pass almost from their own line.

Veltman said: “We played incredibly well at times.

“The way we played with the ball was really good.

“We were able to create a few chances.

“It started from the back and Pascal Gross finished it.” Joel Veltman reveals how Brighton ruined ten Hag’s debut

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