Arjen Robben has criticised Manchester United’s defensive approach during Tuesday Champions League 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, comparing it to the sport of handball.
Robben, speaking to the German media, said: “It was not easy, as our opponents didn’t leave any gaps. We wanted to play football but they tried to stop us. The English were just playing on the counter and have played very defensively, it was almost like in handball.
“But when you go a goal down you have to be pleased with a draw. 1-1 is a very good result that we can take home with us and then we just have to finish it off next week.”
Team-mate Toni Kroos agreed, saying: “It was difficult: we were dominant all the time. It’s very difficult to play against a team that consistently has all its players around their own penalty area.”
Philipp Lahm said Bayern were confident of a positive result: “We wanted to win here, but if you come back from 1-0 down you can be satisfied. It puts us in a good starting position.”
Pep Guardiola, who also criticised the red card shown to Bastian Schweinsteiger, said: “It’s not easy when you want to control the game and there are nine players in the box, eight, nine players there. So it’s not easy. But we controlled the game.”