Raging Ten Hag can’t accept Garnacho was offside and slams VAR controversies

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was left seething following his side’s 3-1 defeat away against Arsenal on Sunday.

United had taken the lead in the game through a well-taken strike from Marcus Rashford midway through the first-half before Martin Odegaard hammered the Gunners level just a minute later in a first-half dominated by Arsenal.

But the second-half gave a different complexion as United created more chances and believed they had won the game after Alejandro Garnacho had slotted past Aaron Ramsdale in the 89th minute, but VAR ruled the teenager offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.

And from the ecstasy of potential victory came the crushing blow of defeat for United as Declan Rice slammed home Arsenal’s winner in the 96th minute before Gabriel Jesus wrapped up the points in the 101st.

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After the game Ten Hag didn’t hold back on his blunt assessment of the game-changing decisions that went against United.

He said: "The performance was alright from us. I thought we played a very good game but everything went against us – then you don't win the game.

"We needed a little bit more luck to win the game. It was not offside [for Alejandro Garnacho goal]. It was the wrong angle.

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"It was then a penalty on [Rasmus] Hojlund and then we concede a goal that's a foul on Jonny Evans. It's so clear and obvious.

"You can say you need to finish your chances and that you shouldn't concede a goal after going 1-0 up. This is all true, but I was happy with the performance."

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean leapt to the defence of the technology, saying: “Obviously very, very tight, I was watching upstairs and I can understand why the assistant referee has kept his flag down.”

Dean added: “There’s one or two angles, one looks on, one looks off, when they put the lines up you can’t fault the technology – they put the line in the correct place.

“They wouldn’t have been in the wrong place, the angle’s there to be used and they would’ve used crosshairs to make sure it’s in the right direction. His shoulder is offside and that’s what they gave.

“I understand where the manager is coming from as the angle there is not ideal but we’ve got the technology in the hub to put the lines in the correct position and it looked offside at normal speed.”

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