Man Utd equal unwanted 41-year record as Red Devils suffer another defeat

Manchester United are now six points behind Arsenal in fourth place after suffering a 3-1 Premier League defeat at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon

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Manchester United suffered their fourth consecutive away defeat in the league arsenal in the Emirates on Saturday afternoon – the first time in 41 years.

United were defeated 3-1 by the Gunners thanks to goals from Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka – as well as a missed penalty Bruno Fernandes. The only saving grace for United was Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal – his 100th in the First League.

The last time the Red Devils lost four straight league games away from home was during the 1980/81 season, when they failed to collect a single away point between December 1980 and March 1981. That season they finished a disappointing eighth place.

Saturday’s result leaves United’s Champions League Qualifying hopes in shambles. They are now sixth in the Premier League, six points behind Arsenal in fourth place after playing a game more. Tottenham are in fifth place, three points behind the Gunners with a game in hand.

And if west ham win their game in hand against Chelsea On Sunday United slip to seventh place – a Europa Conference League qualifying spot. eighth place wolves will also skip the Red Devils if they win their two games in the hand.

United’s most unwanted new record comes from their lack of silverware. Not winning a major trophy this season means they have gone five seasons without a trophy – the first time in 39 years (between 1977 and 1983).

Manchester United have lost four consecutive away games in the Premier League


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“Pretty sure,” said United interim boss Ralf Rangnick – whose successor will be Erik ten Hag in the summer – when asked if the team’s hopes of fourth place have faded. “For me it wasn’t very likely even before the game, but after today’s result it’s gone, yes.”

Of what Ten Hag will be thinking, Rangnick said: “There’s sure to be a lot of work to do. We knew that before the game. We showed what kind of football we can play, the attitude. There is nothing about the attitude of the players that we should find fault with today.”

United have improved little since Rangnick was named as his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck in the race for fourth place in November. “To be honest, Rangnick came in and it’s gotten worse.” Rio Ferdinand said BT Sport.

Ferdinand added: “Yes, that’s it for the top 4. Manchester United have absolutely no chance, it’s done… they had a chance to get back into this game, they had chances, of course the penalty. They were there to take over Arsenal but Manchester United smelled no blood and big moments like they have to learn to endure.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, United midfielder Scott McTominay said: “There’s a whole lot of issues in terms of players, staff and anything in senior positions. We just have to focus on what’s happening on the field.

“For us, going back to the dressing room means going home, looking at ourselves in the mirror. You can’t go home and be content with conceding three goals at Arsenal when we deserve to win. ” “

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