Erik Ten Hag fumes at referee’s decision on Rashford

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Erik ten Hag was infuriated by the officials’ inaction for a poor challenge on star man Marcus Rashford during the 2-2 draw in the Europa League game at Barcelona.

Manchester United manager fumes at the referee for a poor decision after his forward Marcus Rashford was brought down at the edge of the box against Barcelona in the Europa League.

The inform striker was would have gotten the third goal for United in the game but was brought down by Kounde but the French international was not penalized for the action.

Thursday’s knockout round play-off first leg lived up to the hype as the resurgent heavyweights went toe-to-toe at the cavernous Nou Camp.

United had chances to be ahead at the break, most notably through Wout Weghorst, and fell behind five minutes into the second half when former Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso headed home a corner.

Rashford responded emphatically with a superb 22nd goal of the season and then sent over a cross bundled into his own net by Jules Kounde, who escaped a red card for a challenge on the forward shortly after.

It was a let-off Barca capitalised on as former Leeds favourite Raphinha’s cross found the net to seal a 2-2 draw that sets up a fascinating second leg at Old Trafford next week.

“If you face number one of Spain in an away game and you are the dominant team, you can see this as a positive,” United boss Ten Hag said.

“We should have won this game so we have steps to go.

“But I think it was two good teams, the highest level. It was enjoyable to watch.

“But I think everyone agrees it was a really high performance level from both teams and I was really happy with our performance, to face this strong team.”

Meanwhile after the Rashford told BT Sport: “It felt like a loss.

“We did well to get back into the game, stayed calm and composed.

“We tried to create chances when we could and we scored two quick goals, then felt in control of the outcome, but they are a top team and managed to get an equaliser.”


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