Erik ten Hag continues to insist Manchester United deserved at least a draw from the match against Arsenal
In his pre-match news conference before his team’s encounter against Brighton this weekend, Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag made another reference to the Arsenal game. Prior to the international break, United went to the Emirates Stadium and lost 3-1 despite scoring the game’s first goal in the first half.
Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored two late goals for the Gunners to win the game, but Erik ten Hag still feels Manchester United should have at least earned a point because he thinks his team was treated unfairly.
Erik Ten Hag stated, “I thought we played really well at Arsenal, ahead of this weekend’s game against Brighton. We trained and played quite well, as was evident even before the game.
“I believe that at Arsenal, we deserved much more; the odds were not in our favor. That was unquestionably how our analysis turned out. But as you can see, even against a strong Arsenal, we are making progress. However, a draw was the absolute minimum there, and I believe we should have prevailed.
“We didn’t, but we take the performance.”
Even as an Arsenal fan, I don’t think I’m being biased when I say many will disagree with Ten Hag’s assessment of the match. Despite Manchester United scoring first, Mikel Arteta’s side dominated the first-half, while producing an even better performance after the break.
Arsenal managed nine shots compared to United’s two, while also taking 12 corner kicks where as Erik Ten Hag’s side only took three throughout the entire game. Manchester United rarely had the ball in threatening areas, despite having 45% of the possession, often just passing it between the goalkeeper and the centre-backs.
The expected goals stat was also heavily in Arsenal’s favour, at 2.35 xG for the Gunners compared to 0.98 xG for United.
Mikel Arteta’s side won the game and deservedly so in our eyes. Erik Ten Hag can keep insisting Manchester United deserved more from the game, but unfortunately for him that’s not going to make Alejandro Garnacho’s disallowed goal on the 88th minute be onside. Sorry Erik.