Manchester United ‘still far away’ from Premier League’s top teams

Erik ten Hag said Manchester United were not ready to challenge the Premier League’s top teams despite ending leaders Arsenal’s perfect start to the season.

United won 3-1 at Old Trafford to go for four straight wins – a run that included a 2-1 win over Liverpool.

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Despite opening the new season with back-to-back defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, Ten Hag’s side sit fifth in the table but the Dutchman insisted it was too early to consider them title challengers.

“We are at the beginning of a process, we are still far away,” said Ten Hag at a press conference. “We have to start doing things a lot better than we do, that’s an investment. We have to get better if you want to end up winning trophies.”

United had both Antony and Marcus Rashford on their goalscoring charts against Arsenal in the summer, briefly tied 1-1 thanks to Bukayo Saka.

Antony scored on his debut following his €100m move from Ajax, while Rashford struck twice in nine minutes in the second half to take three goals of the season – just two fewer than all of last season.

“They both played great, a constant threat,” said Ten Hag. “I know our offense is really strong – they’re creative and they have speed. This is the first time they have played together and the performance is great to see.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, was left to regret a decision by Paul Tierney to rule out an early goal by Gabriel Martinelli after VAR Lee Mason encouraged the referee to take a second look at the monitor. Martin Odegaard was penalized ahead of time for a tackle on Christian Eriksen, a decision Arteta was visibly unhappy about on the touchline.

“I didn’t see the action [again], but they said it was a soft foul,” Arteta said. “It’s just consistency. There’s nothing we can do now, it’s too late.

“We are very disappointed that we didn’t win the game. The game was a takeaway. We didn’t win it because there were moments when we lacked discipline and weren’t reckless enough in front of goal.” Manchester United ‘still far away’ from Premier League’s top teams

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