Thierry Henry makes Manchester United confession after 3-2 defeat at Arsenal

Thierry Henry makes Manchester United confession after 3-2 defeat at Arsenal

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has confessed that he’s a ‘big fan’ of Erik ten Hag after Manchester United succumbed to a tight defeat at the Emirates Stadium last weekend in the Premier League.

Man United lost 3-2 away to Premier League leaders, Arsenal, on Sunday in the dying minutes and it was disappointing that United returned to Old Trafford without a point, given the top performance they put out in London without summer signing Casemiro and limited number of days to rest.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a superb long-range effort but his strike would be pulled back before the first half came to an end with a top-notch strike from Bukayo Saka.

Nketiah put Arsenal in front with a decent header in the second half but Manchester United fought back into the game following an acrobatic header from Lisandro Martinez.

However, the Gunners ended what was an intense but entertaining game at the Emirates when he scored in injury time from close range.

Although Arsenal legend Thierry Henry agreed his former team deserved their win over Manchester United, the former France international admitted the Red Devils look different under Erik ten Hag.

“I am happy that Arsenal won and they deserved to win after the performance in the second half but boy, Manchester United look different under Ten Hag,” said Henry. “I will be honest, I am a big fan of Ten Hag. He is the coach I recommended to Laporta at Barcelona after Ronald Koeman was sacked. He is a genius.

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“Today, we saw a team with three years development vs a team with six months. Also, a team with a full week of rest against a team with two days rest, and still Manchester United went toe to toe, which was surprising. I thought Arsenal would be all over United from kick-off and United’s players would sit back. I was wrong. United in fact had better control in the first half.

The former Arsenal forward has backed the former Ajax manager, Erik ten Hag, to succeed at Manchester United, given how he has improved the United squad in less than six months in charge.

Few weeks into the season, it looked unlikely the Red Devils would force their way into the top-four after defeats to Brighton and Brentford but weeks later after enough work has been put into the team, they were touted as one of the Premier League title contenders, having won nine matches on a bounce including a stunning 2-1 comeback win over Manchester City.

However, it look unlikely now, after their defeat to Arsenal last weekend but the Dutchman could still challenge for other honours, hence Henry expect him to be a success at the Theatre of Dreams.

“You give Ten Hag one more year and back him in the market, then United will be a force to reckon with,” Henry added. “No disrespect to Sir Alex, but if Ten Hag gets it right at United, they will play more attractive football than under Alex Ferguson.”