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What Erik ten Hag can and can’t do during Man United touchline ban vs Everton



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Erik ten Hag will undergo a one-game touchline suspension during Manchester United’s clash against Everton on Sunday.

The United manager received his third yellow card of the season last time out against Luton Town resulting in a ban.

Despite managers previously needing four bookings to be suspended from the touchline, the Premier League lowered the amount to three for this season in an attempt to limit dissent from the coaches.

Ahead of the game, Ten Hag explained that Mitchell van der Gaag, his assistant coach, would take charge of the clash in his absence.

However, the Dutch manager will in fact still be able to travel with his squad to Goodison Park and will be in the United dressing room pre-game, at half-time and after full-time.

His position during the actual game will be in the stands, most likely within the directors’ box, and with modern technology, he will easily be able to communicate with those on the United bench.

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Ten Hag might even have an advantage from watching the game at a different vantage point. “Now I am banned, it can be a better advantage. I have a better view!” he told reporters.

Sky Sports interviews for the game will also be conducted by Ten Hag, so it will mostly be business as usual for the manager.

United’s boss has explained that despite many calls going against his side, he needs to accept the referee’s decision.

“Let’s say this, you are not always agreeing with the refereeing. I think many decisions this season have gone against us,” he added. “I have seen a list and we are number 18 in the league. But, I still have to accept it.”