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Ten Hag blames officials for Copenhagen defeat as Man Utd throw away lead with Rashford sent off

Erik ten Hag blames officials for the defeat to Copenhagen as Man Utd twice throw away lead with Marcus Rashford sent off.

The Red Devils quickly laughed in the face of a banner from the Danish, which read ‘the Theatre of Nightmares’, with a double from Hojlund by the 28th minute.

But they ended up losing 4-3 with Rashford getting a controversial red card, Elyounoussi got the hosts back in it on 45 minutes, then Goncalves netted from the spot to make it 2-2 going into the break. Bruno Fernandes put United back in front before Lukas Lerager and a late late goal from 17 year old Roony Bardghji sealed famous win in the Champions League.

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FC Copenhagen: Grabara (5), Ankersen (6), Vavro (5), Diks (6), Jelert (6), Lerager (7), Falk (7), Goncalves (8), Elyounoussi (7), Claesson (7), Achouri (6).

Subs: Bardghji (8), Oskarsson (6), Sorensen (6), Larsson (6), Boilesen (6).

Man Utd: Onana (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Maguire (5), Evans (6), Dalot (5), McTominay (6), Eriksen (6), Rashford (5), Fernandes (8), Garnacho (7), Hojlund (8).

Subs: Varane (5), Amrabat (5), Mount (n/a).

Player of the match: Diogo Goncalves

“We are very disappointed because we played very good,” Ten Hag said. “We started the game so well. Our best minutes of the season. We are winning the game and the red card changes everything.”

Copenhagen had more of the possession and 16 shots compared to United’s nine, but Ten Hag insisted: “It’s a game of mistakes. I wouldn’t say we did everything right but there are a lot of positives.

“Even with 10 men we were dictating the game. We played very good.”

“So, so harsh,” Ten Hag said of the decision to send Rashford off. “He went for the ball and the referee needs a long time to make it a red card.

“When you freeze it, it looks worse. I am very disappointed about such a decision.”

Ten Hag also took aim at the implementation of VAR, adding: “The game is never meant to be like this. This has nothing to do with football.

“I accept wrong decisions are made but when you make such tough decisions, you control the game.”

Ten Hag chose not to speak on the penalty that was controversially awarded to United for handball against Lukas Lerager – even though the ball travelled a short distance and appearing to strike Harry Maguire’s hand first.

Here’s how fans reacted as Ten Hag blames officials for Copenhagen defeat with Man Utd deciding to throw away their lead and Marcus Rashford sent off…

@chrisb3011: Managers blaming everyone but themselves is now getting old. Take responsibility for your own inadequacies as a man and a manager!

@BoothyBBK: Gary Neville “it’s so refreshing to see a manager to stand up against the refs and VAR it has been shocking over the past few months! And by the way Glazers have a lot to answer for regarding this as well!”

@gazcol: Nowt more embarrassing than a fully grown man failing to take accountability for a shit performance

@MikeLUHG2: Embarrassing victim mentality. Zero accountability at the club. He’s give the refs more criticism this season thag the pathetic players disgracing the club every week. Hope this helps

@bglendenning: He’s gone full Arteta. Never go full Arteta

@paulwood1987: Wonder if gary Neville will get a ball and try to replay rashford’s tackle with carragher. Bet this doesn’t get as much attention as Arteta did

@shashanklele_: Ten hag has been too quiet (compared to others) about the decisions against the team. It’s about time he starts calling them out

@JamesyMc10: Pathetic. Clubs with more money than countries, stacked squads and all the facilities there’s never been. But always the ref, never them

@CJC11: This is just funny now. For fucking yeeeeaaaars Manchester United benefited from awful referees. The ones going against them now aren’t even that bad 😂

@REDemption0445: Erik Ten Hag’s biggest achievement was a Champions league semi final 4 years ago. And that apparently is the blueprint for Manchester United football club. Start blaming the owners for hiring the wrong managers for once. #MUFC

@dan_batemannn: Funny how anyone who says they want Ten Hag gone you ask them what the plan is after that they go silent. Strange. The club is finished. The owners, CEO and just as importantly the players have let this club down. It will take decades to recover if we ever actually do!! #MUFC

@j_macgeever: Bloody hell this team has won 6 points in injury time this season and he’s blaming referees fuck sake.

@DavidKlauber: Whether you’re Ten Hag out or not, does anybody seriously think this guy will ever win a big trophy? I don’t think he does in 10 years with another £4B spent #MUFC #TenHag

@Mufc9912: Whoever is blaming Ten Hag tonight can fuck off that’s on the players #CPHMUN #UCL #MUFC

@RyanJ689908: Personally don’t think Ten Hag will survive any kind of takeover at Utd, they always want their own man in, always! Until anything is confirmed on that front though the whole club is in limbo #MUFC

@ManhattanManc: It feels like Ten Hag is jinxed. Nothing is going his way, if anything it’s the complete opposite. #MUFC

@GiggsyIndian: Only in this day and age can a manager be blamed for a game like this. The reason for united’s downfall isn’t just the Glazers but also people who want to blame the manager for everything that goes wrong at this club. #MUFC #TenHag #COPMUN

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