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Ten Hag blamed ‘Harsh’ Marcus Rashford red card for United loss

Erik ten Hag’s frustration deepened with “three tough decisions” in a chaotic Copenhagen loss, denting Manchester United’s Champions League knockout hopes.

A helter-skelter Group A encounter on Wednesday began with Rasmus Hojlund scoring twice against his former club but concluded in a devastating 4-3 defeat, triggered by Marcus Rashford’s red card.

In the late first half, a VAR review led to the United forward catching Elias Jelert, getting sent off, and Mohamed Elyounoussi scoring shortly after. Diogo Goncalves then leveled from the spot.

In the second half, Bruno Fernandes regained the lead for the visitors with a penalty, but a blockbuster conclusion to the bonkers match saw Lukas Lerager and substitute Roony Bardghji scoring, altering the course of the game.

Ten Hag said: “It’s clear we’re very unhappy and because you play very good. I think we started the game so well. The best minutes of this season.

“We are winning the game and I think the red card changes everything.

“Then we concede two goals before half-time, which should never have counted.

Ten Hag added: “First is offside, second a penalty and that is – in four games – four penalties against. I say three are very debatable.

“(Rashford’s red) is also harsh. I think he went for the ball and the referee needs such a long time to make it a red card.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.


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