Football News

Man Utd legend Jaap Stam explains how you defend against Erling Haaland

By Ben Green

Man Utd legend Jaap Stam explains how you defend against Erling Haaland copy

Published: 21:27, 9 September 2022

Manchester United legend Jaap Stam has given his take on how to keep a muzzle on Manchester City’s free-scoring goal fiend Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian sensation has settled seamlessly into life at the Etihad, already bagging 12 goals in just eight appearances for the club, including 10 in the Premier League as he leads the infant Golden Boot race and two in the Champions League after bagging a brace against Sevilla earlier this week.

Having fired a blank in the Community Shield at the end of July as Liverpool ran out 3-1 victors, with Darwin Nunez opening his account for the Reds, Haaland has gone on a formidable scoring spree that’s seen him net in six of the proceeding seven matches across all competitions, sealing two hat-tricks in the process.

Many were expecting his professional relationship with attack-heavy tactician Pep Guardiola to flourish, but few were perhaps anticipating his current level of goal-laden success, with the City marksman either scoring or assisting in every Premier League or European game he’s been involved in with City so far.


Bet365 welcome offer: How to get up to £50 in free bets

  • Open an account (here's a link)
  • Make a qualifying deposit of between £5* and £10*
  • Claim the offer to receive five times your deposit in 'Free Bets'.
  • To release your 'Free Bets', place qualifying bets to the value of the your qualifying deposit and allow those bets to settle.
  • Your 'Free Bets' will become available shortly after your qualifying bets have settled
  • To use your 'Free Bets', select 'Use bet credits' in the bet slip.

18+ only. Please play responsibly. For more information, visit Be Gamble Aware. Time limits and Ts&Cs apply (see above and Bet365's sign-up page). Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake.


Plenty of managers will be in for sleepless nights and a fair few head-scratching sessions with their respective coaching teams as they look to formulate a plan to defang Haaland — and they may be wise to heed the advise of Stam, who has outlined his blueprint to counter the Norwegian’s final-third devastation.

Speaking to Squawka (courtesy of bet365), Stam said: “You need to be very aggressive. When the opposition has the ball, you need to go on and play in City’s half, you need to make sure someone is always very tight on Haaland and trying to take him out of the game, especially when you lose the ball — he can’t be allowed to get hold of it.

“You need cover too, otherwise if you try and risk it to play against him one-v-one, with a lot of space in your back, nine out of ten times, it’s going to be a very difficult situation. So you need to be very aggressive against him.

“Teams are changing how they setup defensively when he’s playing because of his threat. People are saying we need to put a midfield player in front of him as well, to give them more time on the ball. But you need to make choices now as an opposition to defend against him.

“Speaking personally, sometimes when you play higher up the pitch, one needs to be aggressive on him and the other needs to cover you.”


How to live stream 2022/23 Bundesliga, La Liga & Ligue 1 seasons:

Bet365* are streaming the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A games live for account holders. Those interested in watching any of those competitions and more live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.

  • Click on this link.
  • ‘Join now’ and enter details.
  • Log in and fund your account.
  • Navigate to the ‘In-Play’ link at the top of the homepage and select your desired event.

*Geo restrictions apply, 18+ only, must have a funded account or placed a bet in the last 24 hours, BeGambleAware. All odds and offers within this article are accurate at the time of writing (18:30, 15/06/22).


✕︎

Sign up to the Best Football Offers

A valid email is required.

Invalid e-mail.

Yes I am over 18.
Yes, I would like to receive email updates on exciting offers from squawka.com. For more info on how we and our partners process your data, see Privacy and Cookie Policies.
You need to confirm that you are over 18 and that you want to receive updates.

*By subscribing you are confirming that you are over 18 years of age.

*All emails include an unsubscribe link, where you can opt out any time. *Please see our privacy and cookies policy..

x

Newsletter error