Erik Ten Hag Bemoans One Incident that Potentially Cost Man United 3 Points vs Tottenham

Erik Ten Hag Bemoans One Incident that Potentially Cost Man United 3 Points vs Tottenham

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Erik ten Hag was incensed by a number of decisions during Manchester United's critical draw
  • The Red Devils were pegged back twice in the entertaining 2-2 draw
  • But the United boss felt several critical calls by the referee went against his side

Erik ten Hag did not hold back in criticising some refereeing decisions in Manchester United's 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

United twice squandered a lead as a depleted Tottenham side managed to come out with a point at Old Trafford in difficult circumstances.

Rasmus Hojlund opened the scoring with a powerful strike, but Spurs equalised through Richarlison's glancing header before Marcus Rashford neatly tucked in his team's second before halftime.

Erik ten Hag believes his side should have had a first half penalty vs Tottenham.
Erik ten Hag was incensed by the fact that his team did not get a penalty in the first half. Photo:Richard Sellers/Catherine Ivill.
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But Ange Postecoglou's team, who were arguably the better side on Sunday evening, found an equaliser once again through Rodrigo Bentancur, who wiped out the advantage with a blistering shot.

According to Manchester Evening News, Spurs, despite being the visiting side and lacking several first-team players, had the better opportunities and had 16 shots compared to United's nine.

Ten Hag's take

However, United will also feel hard done as some decisions went against them.

After the match, United boss ten Hag lamented one particular incident involving Alejandro Garnacho, who appeared to be tugged by Destiny Udogie in the box. No penalty was given.

"Yes. What can you do? But I am used to it, all season that is the case," Ten Hag said when asked whether the referee should have pointed to the spot.

The gaffer then referenced a similar incident involving Garnacho in the reverse fixture where United lost 2-0.

He added, as per, "At Spurs was similar, a clear handball from Romero and I can list a number more. In some point I think it will turn."

Despite the penalty calls, ten Hag admitted his side conceded some easy goals against Tottenham on Sunday.

"We have to be more man in certain situations, you have to go up, more physical, head the ball away," Ten Hag said.

What next for United?

The Red Devils will enjoy a two-week winter break before resuming action on January 28 in the FA Cup fourth round. This will be followed by a tricky away fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on February 1, then a home game against West Ham three days later.

Onana's key weakness identified

Still on the Tottenham game, a section of Manchester United fans identified a key weakness in Andre Onana's overall game.

This was evident from the comments on X, formerly Twitter after Onana conceded the first goal to Richarlison's glancing header.

Onana is now set to miss a couple of Manchester United's games as he shifts focus on the Africa Cup of Nations.

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