Man Utd hero Stam offers advice on defending against Man City star Haaland

Manchester United Treble winner Jaap Stam has offered his take on how to defend against Manchester City star Erling Haaland.

Stam has offered his thoughts on how to defend against the league’s top scorer.

He told Bet365: “You need to be very aggressive. When the opposition has the ball, you need to go on 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 versus 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 set up 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.”