Erik ten Hag, in anticipation of Manchester United’s match against Bayern Munich, characterized Alphonso Davies as lacking prowess in defending. Davies, who transitioned from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Bayern Munich as a winger in 2018, is widely regarded as one of the most dynamic full-backs globally. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old may have defensive vulnerabilities, according to Ten Hag, the United manager.
Discussing his choice to include young United talent Facundo Pellistri in the lineup, Ten Hag explained to TNT Sport, “Bayern has Davies, who is known for his offensive capabilities and exceptional speed, and Pellistri can compete with him in those aspects. He must excel not only defensively but also offensively. Pellistri possesses the skills to contribute to our attack. Davies, on the other hand, is not particularly strong as a defender, so I believe this is a favorable opportunity for him.”