Manchester United slipped to a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal after a 90th minute goal from Eddie Nketiah.
Erik ten Hag’s side remain in fourth place, six points clear of fifth. It has been a disappointing week but there is plenty to build on.
The manager will reflect on a spirited display. He will also take stock of his own selections and decisions, not all of which worked out.
Two decisions Ten Hag got right
Wout Weghorst leads the line: Manchester United may have had few options, but it was the right one to use Wout Weghorst up front for a second successive game.
His run created space for Marcus Rashford to shoot and score United’s opener. If the service into him can improve, he will have a big impact in the weeks to come.
Lisandro Martinez starts: There was debate over where Luke Shaw might play, and Ten Hag made the right call to put him at his preferred left-back position.
This enabled Lisandro Martinez to start, who stepped up with an important second half headed goal and was Manchester United’s best defender, with a number of key interceptions and blocks.
Two decisions Ten Hag got wrong
Alejandro Garnacho not used: It was bemusing not to see Alejandro Garnacho come off the bench at all. He was a player who could have stretched Arsenal’s defence.
The youngster has made a real impact as a substitute previously and his pace was a weapon Ten Hag should have utilised for the final 20 minutes to come on for Weghorst.
He was a game changer in the Manchester derby. So why not get a run-out here?
Antony taken off for Fred: Antony gave United a useful outlet in attack and without this, Arsenal’s attacks kept on coming.
Fred was brought on to help to win the midfield battle but looked lost. He had no impact, and as the one substitute Erik ten Hag used, the manager would have hoped for more from his midfielder.