Ten Hag Blasts VAR and Late Officiating in Arsenal Loss
Manchester United's manager, Erik ten Hag, expressed his frustration and disappointment after a dramatic 3-1 stoppage-time loss to Arsenal in North London on Sunday. Ten Hag believed that his team was incredibly unlucky and that everything seemed to go against them in the match.
The game appeared to be heading for a 1-1 draw until Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored for Arsenal deep into injury time. United had their hopes of victory dashed when Alejandro Garnacho's 88th-minute goal was ruled out by VAR for offside, a decision that left Ten Hag visibly upset.
Ten Hag acknowledged the need for improvement but emphasized that his team has the potential to compete with anyone, as demonstrated in the narrow margins of the match. He argued that Garnacho's disallowed goal was not offside and criticized the video review for its angle.
The Manchester United manager pointed out what he perceived as late officiating errors, particularly a tackle by Arsenal's Gabriel on newcomer Rasmus Hojlund, which he believed should have been a penalty. He also highlighted an incident in which Gabriel appeared to block Jonny Evans in the penalty area during Rice's 96th-minute winning goal.
United's captain, Bruno Fernandes, described the loss as a tough one to accept, especially after attempting to secure a draw. Despite the disappointment, Fernandes praised the team's performance and passion, expressing confidence that consistent efforts would eventually yield better results.
As the international break approached, Manchester United found themselves with just six points from four games, leaving room for improvement in the upcoming matches.