Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag stated his workforce made “unacceptable” errors and confirmed they nonetheless have a “way to go” to be thought-about a high aspect throughout their 3-2 defeat at Arsenal.
Eddie Nketiah’s ninetieth minute aim sealed victory for the Premier League leaders and left United in fourth place, 11 factors adrift of Mikel Arteta’s aspect.
Nketiah additionally scored Arsenal’s opener, with Bukayo Saka netting the opposite aim for the house aspect, however United supervisor Ten Hag stated that errors contributed to all three objectives that his workforce conceded.
“We made mistakes with all three goals,” Ten Hag stated. “Normally we are better in such situations. It can’t happen. We have seen today, we still have a way to go to be top level.
“The 2 first objectives begin with a nook and we make so many errors from the nook to the aim. It may well’t occur. It is a lesson we’ve got to take.
“We will face the players with this because it can’t happen. Good teams don’t make such mistakes. We had moments on the break, but we have to defend much better in that situation.
“We began the sport very properly, scored, are main after which make so many errors which are truly unacceptable. We’ve to be taught the lesson and transfer on.”
Nketiah’s goal marked the second successive game in which United conceded a late goal, with Michael Olise denying United victory with a last-minute free-kick for Crystal Palace in midweek.
And Ten Hag admitted that the late goal and the defeat will be a reality check for his players.
“Two video games back-to-back have been actually shut,” he said. “It is exhausting to simply accept whenever you lose within the final stage of the sport.
“Today we have to accept it. We are not satisfied with this performance because we can do better. You start well and you have to take benefit from that situation. It can’t happen that you concede like we did.
“That is one recreation. Final week we did very properly. We saved them away from our field higher and after they have been in our field, we defended higher.”
Arsenal supervisor Arteta, in the meantime, described it as a “lovely second” after seeing his side win the game late on to restore their five-point lead over second-place Manchester City.
“It would not get significantly better, a phenomenal second,” he said. “We have been ushing and pushing, the aim was not coming. Nevertheless it was actually electrical, passionate, I lived it, once we scored.
“We stayed focused and I love this personality the players showed. We found the opening to win the game.
“They do shock me with how they react. We encourage them to play free-flowing soccer and there’s vitality within the workforce and good issues occur.
“To do it repeatedly against big teams, the way we played today, gives me a lot of positivity for the future. It is so tight now in the league, there are such small margins. Winning, losing or drawing, you have to be be conscious of that.
“If we are able to capitalise on the vitality, will probably be constructive.”