Ten Hag furthered Eriksen’s protests after the game but may have kept his feelings somewhat reined in due to the two-goal deficit by which his side ultimately lost. “I think the free-kick is stoppable because the wall is too far,” claimed the Dutchman. “Okay, a small detail but details make the difference in top football. It tells everything from us because we were not fresh.”
United have been handed an extra incentive to push for a win against the Tricky Trees after Tottenham dropped points on their Boxing Day trip to Brentford. Comeback goals from Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were only enough for a 2-2 draw, leaving the Red Devils four points off fourth spot with two games in hand.