Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag slammed his players after they suffered a 3-2 loss against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The visitors took the lead as Marcus Rashford scored from the distance with a perfect strike in the 17th minute.
However, the home team bounced as Eddie Nketiah scored after six minutes. Bukayo Saka then put the Gunners in front in the second half with a brilliant strike while Lisandro Martinez scored his maiden goal for Manchester United to help his team achieve parity with a brilliant header on the rebound.
It looked like both teams will settle with a point but Nketiah scored his second of the night to give three crucial points to his team.
The Dutchman feels his team made mistakes with all three goals and they can not afford to do the same. The 52-year-old added they need to learn from their mistakes.
“We made mistakes with all three goals,” Ten Hag said. “Normally we are better in such situations. It can’t happen. We have seen today, we still have a way to go to be top level.
“The two first goals start with a corner and we make so many mistakes from the corner to the goal. It can’t happen. It’s a lesson we have to take.
“We will face the players with this because it can’t happen. Good teams don’t make such mistakes. We had moments on the break, but we have to defend much better in that situation.
“We started the game very well, scored, are leading and then make so many mistakes that are actually unacceptable. We have to learn the lesson and move on.”
In fact, the Red Devils had to share the spoils with Crystal Palace after Michael Olise scored late at the Selhurst Park Stadium.
“Two games back-to-back have been really close,” he said. “It’s hard to accept when you lose in the last stage of the game.
“Today we have to accept it. We are not satisfied with this performance because we can do better. You start well and you have to take benefit from that situation. It can’t happen that you concede like we did.
“This is one game. Last week we did very well. We kept them away from our box better and when they were in our box, we defended better.”
Manchester United will next take on Nottm Forest in the semifinal of the EFL Cup.