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Luton boss Rob Edwards criticises amount of added time in cheeky swipe at Man Utd

Luton Town boss Rob Edwards criticises the amount of added time in a cheeky swipe at Man Utd who won 2-1 at Kenilworth Road.

He playfully made a dig, aimed towards Manchester United and the officials, following Sunday evening’s televised Premier League clash.

Rasmus Hojlund scored twice within the first seven minutes, before Carlton Morris got one back for Luton, and despite pushing for an equaliser, coming close towards the end, the Hatters couldn’t get that all important goal to level the scoreline.

Edwards expressed his frustration during the post-match press conference, particularly regarding what he believed was insufficient stoppage time added at the end of the match.

As seen above, Edwards said with a slight smirk: “It was like back to last season that weren’t it – I don’t know where that one came from.

“Man Utd are winning 2-1, so it’s four minutes.”

Asked if Casemiro should have seen red, he added: “The fact that he came off at half-time might be a little bit of a telltale sign to how I feel about that one.

“I’m not going to complain about it right now.”

Player ratings (per Sky Sports)

Luton: Kaminski (7); Mengi (6), Osho (6), Bell (5); Ogbene (6), Barkley (7), Lokonga (8), Doughty (6); Morris (7), Woodrow (5), Chong (6)

Subs used: Clark (6), Townsend (6), Berry (n/a)

Man Utd: Onana (6); Dalot (7), Varane (7), Maguire (6), Shaw (5); Mainoo (6), Casemiro (5); Garnacho (5), Fernandes (5), Rashford (6); Hojlund (9)

Subs used: Lindelof (7), Evans (8), McTominay (6), Amrabat (n/a)

Player of the match: Rasmus Hojlund (Man Utd)

Luton boss Rob Edwards, speaking to Sky Sports: “We can’t give Man United a two goal lead like that. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Ultimately, 2-0 against a team like that is really difficult. No excuses. We play that way, we take the risk. We are going to make mistakes but it cost us today.

“It was a commitment to the gameplan, it didn’t collapse. We had a lot of control but we were vulnerable to the counter attack. I was really pleased with how the players responded. We looked like a good team.”

On Casemiro: “Potentially. I think him coming off at half time was a tell tale sign to that one.”

“We’ve lost the last two but we got points in the previous one. We’re playing well, we’re performing well. No one can argue against now. It doesn’t get any easier now. We need to recover quickly and then we go away to Liverpool.”

On Adebayo: “He’s feeling his hamstring. I thought Woodrow did really well.”

Luton manager Rob Edwards to BBC Radio 5 Live: “Not the right result. You can’t give a team like Manchester United a two-goal lead, especially in the manner we did. It was really frustrating because then I thought the lads showed the quality that they have to come back from that.

“We pushed them all the way then, but it’s really frustrating. I’m disappointed for the lads. We came into this game really believing that we could win this game. The performance shows that as well.

“We had to brave, I know we have to be better at managing the counter-attack, they had some big moments there. There are certainly things we can improve on there. We have to be better on that.

“But the performance was great, to dominate large parts of the game. We did create chances and kept pushing all the way until the end. We were unlucky with that set-piece at the end when Ross hit the bar.

“I’m very disappointed with the manner we conceded those two goals. But the rest of the performance was really good.”

Should Ross Barkley get an England call up?: “I can only talk about what he’s doing for Luton, but look he’s been amazing and we love him. his performances have been sensational and I thought he showed loads of bravery today. His workrate was top.”

Man United boss Erik ten Hag, speaking to Sky Sports: “It was very good but then we had big chances to score more. We dropped too deep and allowed them to get back in the game. We didn’t close the half spaces. It got difficult. We had big chances in the second half and we didn’t take them.

“We should have scored in the second half with Bruno, Garnacho and Rashford. One has to go in and then you make your life easy. We kept them in the game.

On subbing Casemiro and Maguire: “I saw the reaction from the referee and thought they could go off with the next one. With McTominay and Evans we have good replacements. Don’t take the risk. I thought it was the right decision.

On Luton: “We are dropping too deep and we lost a bit of focus maybe because it was so easy in the first 10 minutes. We can’t afford this especially against a side like Luton. They have really upped their trend in the last few weeks.”

On Hojlund: “We recruited him on his character, I knew it was strong. He can really perform under stress and that is something you need a Man United striker. He doesn’t get nervous or lose confidence. He has a lot of confidence and I’m sure he will score even more.

On Champions League spot: “I think we are back in the race and we are building momentum. We need to build pressure. Every game is a final to get closer to them.

On takeover: “I have very good contacts. I know what’s going on. For Manchester United, it is very good. It’s highly ambitious. They are good people coming in. We are the project and they can help us and support us to accelerate this project.”

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to BBC Match of the Day: “I think quick up and, as you say, we had good chances with Garnacho and Rashford, it could have been three or four-nil.

“After that we lose some focus and we are not so strict in what we should do and they came more in the game. We dropped too deep and allowed them too many passes.

“We gave some chances away and they got the 2-1. That’s no good. But after half-time we picked it up. We had several chances. So many chances one against one. I think it was Garnacho, Rashford again, it was Bruno Fernandes. We had so many chances, it should be 3-1 in these moments.

“Their goal brought the pressure on. They had crosses into the box and shots, but not the chances we had. We had big chances and with our abilities, we should have scored.

“It can always happen, a cross or a corner, you can concede if you don’t execute the 3-1.

“We make the progress but also you see we have to stay focused during the whole game. I will not say switch off, but when you do a little bit less, than you get punished.

“We can’t afford this. We have to be all-time 100% focused. Do your job together, in and out of possession and then you can control your games. What could have been an easy win was now a difficult win.”

Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund, speaking to Sky Sports: “A good beginning, two good and fast goals. We dropped a little bit and they got one back. We know with this crowd, 2-1 is a dangerous result. We created a lot of chances in the second half and we couldn’t score.

“We know the pressure in every away ground in the Premier League is immense. We have to deal with it, we are Manchester United.”

On first goal: “I thought something could happen. I have a lot of speed so I dragged it to my left foot and I could score. I was a little bit unsure after the touch but in the end it was a good goal.

On second goal: “I did mean it, 100%. You can see I turned my body and it went in. I was surprised to be honest. I have a lot of confidence at the moment.”

On lack of goals: “I never doubted myself but of course you can be a bit down when you don’t score. I knew it was just a matter of time. I was learning my teammates and knowing their positioning. I always try to do my best. Three points is the most important thing. I always want to score but I’ll always fight.”

On team-mates: “They’re quality players. I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. I want to keep playing with them and getting better. Hopefully, they can get better as well.”

On four wins in a row: “This was massive today. We’ve closed the gap on Villa and Spurs. We need to keep pushing for the Champions League spot and we’re still in the FA Cup. We want to win trophies.”

Twitter users reacted as Luton boss Rob Edwards criticises the amount of added time in a cheeky swipe at Man Utd…

@Ca11um95: Stop complaining it was 9 minutes at Old Trafford

@jonboy_avfc: What?!! As a neutral the added time seemed fair – it was 2-1 at HT, so no goals re celebrating or VAR; there were not any injuries or VAR moments, just your bog standard substitutions. Edwards will be serving a touch line ban for his insinuation I presume? #LUTMNU

@Sensible__Steve: When Rob Edwards, one of the kindest, most respectful managers in the English game says this, you should take note.

@JAMIE_0728: Only 3 substitutions in the second half. No VAR checks and no injuries. How was there even as much as 4 minutes.

@AdamJeffers: No goals so no celebration stoppages, no Injuries stoppages and not a single VAR check and only 3 stoppages for subs.. what was he expecting? 4 minutes was generous 🤣

@mufcaway_: Brilliant video to wake up to. How many minutes did you want left you bitter knobhead? 😂😂

@DanielHarris: The better team with the better players that played better won. It’s not a conspiracy Robert.

@Potter_1974: He’ll get fined for telling the truth!

@leekingston74: United scored their second after about 7 minutes so Luton had over 80mins to score 2 and didn’t.

@AdamJeffers: I swear sky sports have an agenda against Manchester united.. there wasn’t a single goal in 2nd half so no celebration stoppages, not a single VAR check and not a single Injury, plus both teams didn’t use all subs so 4 mins was quite generous

@maxredfern1: If your against the big 6 and losing it’s less than 5, if you are drawing or 1 goal up vs big 6 it’s over 6

@RyanJervis_: It’s just sad really….. did he say this against anyone else 😂😂

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