Arsenal grabbed all three points with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates, but a contentious finish left Erik ten Hag seething with the officials.
Erik ten Hag was enraged by THREE decisions that went against Manchester United as they succumbed late in a 3-1 loss to Arsenal.
In the 96th and 100th minutes, Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored to give the Gunners all three points in North London. Marcus Rashford put Manchester United ahead in the first half, only for Martin Odegaard to equalize 35 seconds later.
In the 88th minute, replacement Alejandro Garnacho sprinted clear and coolly tucked into the bottom corner, giving United the lead. However, after the away team’s and fans’ wild celebrations, VAR stepped in to deem the Argentine youngster offside.
United’s Dutch manager was enraged by the verdict and argued that the technology was WRONG. In an interview with Sky Sports, he claimed, “It’s not offside.” [It’s the] incorrect angle.”
When asked about his statements and whether offside is a black-and-white issue that either exists or does not exist, Ten Hag responded, “It is, so we have to accept it.” But I’ve seen the perspective. “I don’t think it’s offensive.”
Ten Hag also insisted that, with the game tied at 1-1, United should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on £72million new boy Rasmus Hojlund, who was sent sprawling to the floor by Arsenal defender Gabriel.
And he was enraged by the game’s defining moment, Rice’s 96th-minute winner, on which the United manager thought the referees made another error, with Gabriel appearing to stop Jonny Evans in the penalty area.
“It’s a penalty on Hojlund,” Ten Hag shouted. “At the end, we concede a goal on a foul on Jonny Evans.” It’s very obvious and straightforward.”
Despite the setback, United manager Alex Ferguson was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I believe the performance is adequate. “I think we played very well,” he continued. “However, everything worked against us. You win the game with a little more luck.
“OK, we can tell you, finish your chances, don’t concede a goal after going 1-0 up, all of that is true, but I think we took a step forward with the performance.”
“I think we were calm on the ball, but there is always room for improvement.” I see an opportunity for us to move forward. We missed some passes that could have really hurt them. But, overall, I’m pleased with the performance. As previously stated, I see a good pattern with a rising trend line.
“Today’s margins were razor thin. We’re going to win this game when Garna finishes and scores.”