In their Champions League match against Copenhagen, both Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire were sent off in the first half, which led to United’s defense disintegrating.
On the other hand, Arsenal’s wing wizards, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, shone on the wings in their 2-0 home win over Sevilla. This victory really underlined the Gunners’ current strength in depth.
They have conceded 30 goals in just 17 games across all competitions. Their last four matches alone have seen them ship 10 goals, while only Celtic and Antwerp have conceded more than them in the Champions League this season.
It’s hard to criticise Erik ten Hag for Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire’s first-half indiscretions as both carried more than a hint of misfortune, even if the decisions were correct.
But the manager has to bear responsibility for the way his side reacted. Every time Copenhagen – a side that had failed to score in eight of their last 10 matches against English sides – applied any pressure, United’s defence disintegrated.