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Premier League manager explains similarities between Man Utd & Real Madrid

Andoni Iraola

Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola compared Manchester United to Real Madrid prior to his side’s meeting with the Red Devils.

Former Rayo Vallecano boss Iraola believes that United share similarities with Madrid as he hopes to repeat history and claim victory over the Red Devils.

The Cherries travelled to Old Trafford in December and were able to claim a 3-0 win over Erik ten Hag’s side, silencing doubters as Bournemouth’s new manager set out to make an impact at the club.

Well versed in Spanish football, Iraola spent the best part of two decades playing and managing in La Liga.

Andoni Iraola

Iraola’s Bournemouth beat Man Utd in December / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Now, the Cherries boss has compared United to Madrid, saying they can hurt teams despite not looking in control of games.

Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash, Iraola explained: “I said this with also in Spain with Real Madrid. Sometimes these kind of teams make you think that you are doing well.

“You are passing the ball two or three passes, we are kind of comfortable. And then you make one mistake and three seconds later, you are taking the ball from your net because they damage you and they have difference makers.

“So, I think we have to if we are under control, if we have the chances, we have to damage them. We have to score.

“Because, the other game against Liverpool, where they looked like they were struggling in the first half. Then second half 20 minutes in, it’s 1-1 because they make the difference without probably the needs of other teams to be more in control, to be more pushing the opponent.

“No, they can make (the difference) in so many different ways. And this is why they are a big, big team.”


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