Manchester United boss Eric ten Hag has slammed his players in the wake of their 3-2 defeat by Premier League leaders Arsenal, insisting the three goals could have been avoided.
United, who remain the only team to beat Arsenal in the league so far this season, took the lead at the Emirates Stadium through Marcus Rashford. The hosts, however, responded with goals from Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka before Lisandro Martinez made it 2-2 on the hour mark.
However, just as the all-out encounter appeared to be heading for a draw, Nketiah struck again straight at the end, throwing the ball out of David de Gea’s reach.
The result keeps Arsenal five points clear of Manchester City, who beat Wolves earlier in the day, and 11 points clear of United – with a match in hand for all those directly below them.
“All the goals we conceded today are fouls – this cannot happen,” Ten Hag said. Sky Sports.
“Until last week [against Man City]It was hard to beat us in situations like this. We were not today. All three targets, we could have avoided. There were not many opportunities open. We have made mistakes that we cannot make. This game is defined by the small details but also by the decision making.
“It’s hard to accept that and we have to learn from it. I want to win. It’s not good enough. We want to be number one, but not if we make mistakes. That’s clear and what I told them.”
After Michael Ulis’ free kick in stoppage time in favor of Crystal Palace, united It is now two games without a win after a nine-game winning streak prior to that.
But attention is now turning to the Carabao Cup and the chance to come close to claiming a first trophy in six years when United head to Nottingham Forest in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday night.