Erik ten Hag took issue with certain aspects of Andre Marriner’s officiating but had no complaints about the penalty assessed to Luke Shaw.
After Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Brighton, Erik ten Hag criticized Andre Marriner’s performance as the referee.
After Luke Shaw handled a corner in the 99th minute, Alexis Mac Allister converted a penalty, but Ten Hag and Shaw were adamant that Brighton forward Julio Enciso shouldn’t have been awarded the free kick that resulted in the crucial corner.
Ten Hag additionally charged Marriner with failing to crack down on Brighton’s tactical fouling. Marriner was the referee for the only other United game this season and had previously sent Casemiro off against Crystal Palace.
Ten Hag criticized Shaw’s performance, saying, “He (Shaw) played very well, but the annoying thing is the free-kick before is never a free-kick and I have seen really bad tackles today, sometimes without whistles as well. Every attack you make with perspective is met with a kick, followed by a block, but a fair block, a free-kick, or a corner. Then, of course, disappointment, a handball, the final seconds, and your inability to react.
“Me passing judgment on the referee is not my place. We lost this game, we ultimately erred, we did not take advantage of our opportunities, but, as I said, there are some disappointments.”
After Antony missed a one-on-one opportunity in the second minute and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were denied by Jadon Steele, Ten Hag bemoaned United’s wastefulness, which has been a recurring theme of their season.
Nine of United’s away games against the other teams currently ranked in the top 10 in the Premier League table have resulted in one victory for United. The first minute, in my opinion, says it all. “Every defeat is a disappointment, but in the end, when you lose in the last seconds, that is obviously annoying,” Ten Hag continued.
We had a good opportunity, but we weren’t decisive enough. As a result, we gave away a significant opportunity when Kaoru Mitoma intercepted a pass from Victor Lindelof, giving the opposition a chance to score. David de Gea then faced a difficult situation.
“Ultimately, we also conceded the goal. It irritates me because you shouldn’t lose if you can’t win because you don’t take advantage of your chances.”
Ten Hag cites four Man Utd players as the reason for the 1-0 loss
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has singled out four players for his criticism after they failed to capitalize on excellent opportunities during their 1-0 loss to Brighton on Thursday night.
After Luke Shaw was found to have handled the ball at the Amex Stadium, Alexis MacAllister’s late penalty gave the home side the victory.
Ten Hag, however, insisted that they ought to have done better with the opportunities they had earlier in the game when he was speaking to reporters after the game.
“Clearly, we had the opportunity. Anthony, Anthony Martial, Casemiro, and Marcus Rashford. One has to enter.
“But don’t lose it if you can’t win it because you didn’t take any chances. We may have lost some concentration and forfeited a goal. That is not going to occur,” Ten Hag said.
United could now find themselves involved in a competition for fourth place.
With 63 points, Ten Hag’s team is four points ahead of rival Liverpool in fifth place in the Champions League standings, despite having one unfinished fixture.