Erik ten Hag believes Alejandro Garnacho’s offside goal in a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal should have stood.
The Argentina international’s go-ahead goal in the 88th minute was called offside upon video review, but Ten Hag said it was reviewed with ‘the wrong angle’.
Replays showed Garnacho was just ahead of Gabriel Magalhaes after being played through on goal, and clarity was given when images from the VAR room showed lines drawn to prove it.
However, Ten Hag insisted Garnacho ‘was onside’ but Sky presenter Dave Jones responded saying that ‘offside is offside’.
Ten Hag replied that ‘we have to accept it’ and made a staunch defensive of his side, believing that Rasmus Hojlund should have also had a penalty.
“You saw the game, but it’s no offside. Wrong angle,” Ten Hag told Sky Sports.
“The penalty on Hojlund. And then we concede a goal that’s a foul on Jonny Evans, it’s so clear and obvious.”
With the VAR intervention resetting the score to 1-1, Arsenal instead went ahead in stoppage time through Declan Rice, before Gabriel Jesus ended the game with a 3-1 goal.
“The performance was right but the result was not on our side and definitely many decisions were against us,” Ten Hag later said.
“Let’s start at the penalty given but rejected. Everyone can see it’s a simulation but he did not get booked for it.
“Then the foul on Hojlund in the penalty area and I don’t think it was even noticed by the VAR. Then the disallowed goal from Garnacho.
“I think they looked from the wrong angle and it’s onside. Then the final goal. How can they allow that? It’s a clear and obvious foul on Jonny Evans otherwise he would have blocked the shot from Declan Rice. So it’s a lot.”
“I also have a good feeling because our performance was very good,” he added.
“I won’t say it was perfect because there is definitely room for improvement. But if we see our compactness, pressing, moving with the ball and making the counters, very calm, we never gave Arsenal an opportunity to press us.
“The next stage is we could have done that better and the movement we could have done in the right moments. There were a lot of positives in this game but there is still a lot to do.”
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