Ten Hag says Man Utd must ‘change mentality’ after Arsenal defeat. Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, lamented his team’s defensive mistakes in their 3-2 loss to Arsenal on Sunday, saying they must alter their mindset if they want to become a trophy-winning squad.
The Premier League leaders maintained their five-point lead over Manchester City with a thrilling victory at the Emirates thanks to a goal from Eddie Nketiah in stoppage time.
In London, Marcus Rashford gave the visitors the lead early on, but Nketiah quickly tied the score.
In the second half, England’s Bukayo Saka gave the home team the lead before Argentina’s Lisandro Martinez, a defender, scored his first goal for United with a looping header.
However, United was unable to hold out under constant pressure from Arsenal, and they suffered their first defeat in a tournament since early November.
Due to his ban, important midfielder Casemiro was absent from the game, and Ten Hag expressed disappointment by saying there were simply too many errors to discuss.
The Dutchman said that the goals we gave up were “like a deck of cards,” noting that the first two had corners as their origin.
On Wednesday, the Red Devils also gave up late in a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, and Ten Hag was disappointed with his team’s continued failure to hang out in the latter moments.
As time was running down, Nketiah was left unattended and was able to tip Martin Odegaard’s shot into the back of the net.
It’s impossible to be in a top game and commit three such major errors that result in goals being conceded, especially the last goal. As a result, I told the players, “If you want to win trophies, titles, we have to alter our mindset.”
“On that moment, you have to feel the game. The limit was one point, and you had to accept it. You couldn’t concede a goal of that kind, as we did at the highest level.
United is still in fourth place in the standings, 11 points behind Arsenal after having played one additional game.