Manchester United lost 4-3 against Copenhagen on Wednesday evening to put their Champions League qualification hopes in disarray.
Marcus Rashford was sent off in the first half for accidentally standing on an opponent’s ankle when attempting to protect the ball.
Many of the United players and staff felt the decision was cruel to the English forward. Ten Hag said: “It’s harsh, he went for the ball and the referee needs such a long time. When you freeze [the image], it will always look worse.”
It was Bruno Fernandes who almost saved the day for United when he dispatched a second-half penalty, but Copenhagen came back and their star striker Mohamed Elyounoussi has been critical of the Portuguese midfielder.
In the aftermath of the decision, Elyounoussi was seen in an exchange with Fernandes and he explained the context after his team’s win.
“I think everyone who has seen United and who has seen him knows that he is a player who is always with the referees complaining and whining,” the Norweigan told fotbollskanalen.
“I tried to get him away from the referee. I said: ‘It’s done’. It was nothing more than that. I don’t like players who go forward and try to influence the referees.'”
Elyounoussi scored the first goal in the comeback for the home side on the night. However that too was questioned by the United side due to his teammate blocking Andre Onana’s view whilst standing in an offside position.
Fernandes, meanwhile, has often been criticised for his demeanour and how he speaks to match officials.
Roy Keane recently called for him to be stripped of the captaincy, although ex-United goalkeeper David de Gea threw shade at the Irish legend after Fernandes’ last-minute winner against Fulham.
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