Manchester United put in a below-par efficiency in opposition to Aston Villa on Sunday and succumbed to a 1-3 defeat which broke their nine-game unbeaten streak.
Many issues went flawed for United on the day together with fatigue, Erik ten Hag‘s choice calls and a gaping gap within the squad by way of attacking substitutions.
Ten Hag will likely be apprehensive concerning the lack of aim menace from his forwards with Cristiano Ronaldo trying like a shadow of his former self whereas Marcus Rashford was ineffective off the fitting.
When Ten Hag did make his subs, he introduced on a below-par Anthony Elanga and left-back Tyrell Malacia, highlighting the shortage of offensive firepower at this disposal.
The 20-time English champions deservedly misplaced the competition however the referee’s choices didn’t assist issues both. The second aim which got here from a free-kick struck by Lucas Digne ought to have been retaken.
In a video seize, it might clearly be seen that Luke Shaw fouls Jacob Ramsey round 22 yards from aim. Nonetheless, referee Anthony Taylor permits the Villa gamers to advance the ball fairly a couple of yards ahead in a significantly better place.
Disclaimer: We deserved to lose to Villa no matter this, it’s simply one more instance of how poor officiating is instantly affecting video games.
Ten Hag stated he did not really feel the wall was 10 yards away however I did not discover how a lot Villa jumped the ball ahead from the foul too. pic.twitter.com/HrgnSJ6pZA
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) November 7, 2022
The referee or his assistant ought to have noticed that blatant misuse of the ball and blown for the free-kick to be taken from additional behind.
No united participant complained
That was not the one gaffe from Taylor. As an alternative of measuring out 10 yards from the ball for United’s wall to face, the ref put his vanishing spray greater than 13 yards from the ball.
Ten Hag even went on to say this level in his post-match press convention.
“I believe the free-kick [from Lucas Digne] is stoppable as a result of the wall is just too far [over]. Okay, these small particulars, however small particulars make a distinction in prime soccer.”
Even Villa gamers weren’t too pleased with the officiating from Taylor as Leon Bailey complained of a double elbow from Lisandro Martinez which escaped punishment.
Ten Hag will likely be hoping these small points won’t be repeated in future video games whereas he will likely be asking for lots extra from his group pf gamers.