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Ralf Rangnick laments referee performance in Man Utd vs Arsenal

Jack Gallagher
Man Utd lost again
Man Utd lost again / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages
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Man Utd interim coach Ralf Rangnick lamented the refereeing performance in his side's disappointing 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, stating that three clear mistakes were made.

Goals from Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka were enough for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, as they climbed above Tottenham Hotspur in the top four race with just five games to go.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, slumped to six points behind the Gunners in fourth place with an extra game under their belts, and look all but out of the race for Champions League football.

Speaking after the game to the club's official website, Rangnick was keen to point out how 'clear' mistakes cost Man Utd on Saturday with Champions League football on the line.

He said: "There was another handball issue in first half, where Jadon Sancho was involved. The second goal of Cristiano was not offside. You can see it in that total perspective. They were exactly in one line.

"Their third goal was clearly offside, I spoke to David De Gea after the game, and he couldn’t see the ball. Nketiah was between Xhaka and himself. They checked it but for whatever reasons they still gave the goal.

"What was the third one? Anthony Elanga? Arm in arm, the other player with him [Tavares]. For me, that was questionable but the other three situations are clear. This is why we have VAR and should expect VAR plus referee should check the situations and they should at least take the right decision.”

Bruno Fernandes also missed a penalty when he could have drawn his side level in the second half.

Speaking about that miss, Rangnick said: "Yes we have to take that, if you are 2-1 down and get a penalty and have that chance after being 2-1 down, it would have helped us a lot if that was the equaliser and probably also changed the whole game but it didn't and it only hit the post. We then hit the post twice and the crossbar so, in the end, it was very unlucky for us."

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