Scott McTominay delivered some home truths as Manchester United slumped to yet another defeat away from home.
The Red Devils were beaten 3-1 by Mikel Arteta's rampant Arsenal side in the early kick-off at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners got off to the best possible start when half-hearted clearances from Raphael Varane and Alex Telles saw the ball fall to winger Bukayo Saka, who curled an effort towards goal. David De Gea got a hand to the ball, but could only parry it into the path of Nuno Tavares, who netted just minutes into the game.
A Saka penalty then doubled Arsenal's lead before Cristiano Ronaldo pulled one back for United. However, a superb strike from Granit Xhaka ensured all three points would stay in north London as Arsenal continue their push to the top four.
But in stark contrast, a second consecutive defeat for Manchester United has all but ended any faint hopes of reaching next season's Champions League. Midfielder Scott McTominay gave his thoughts on the game moments after coming off the pitch.
"Goals change games of football, and obviously we didn't but the ball in the back of the net enough and they did," he said. "We dominated the first 20-25 minutes of the second half, and then they go up the other end of the pitch and score which is about the way it's going at the minute."
The Scotsman was then asked about the current situation at the club, and with players and staff in the spotlight, he certainly didn't hold back. "There's a whole load of problems in terms of players, staff, anything within higher up, we need to just concentrate on what happens on the pitch," he said.
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"For us, when we get back in the dressing room, it's go home, take a look at yourself in the mirror. You can't go back to your house and be satisfied with conceding three goals at Arsenal whenever we deserve to win."
United fans were momentarily in good spirits when the club confirmed the appointment of Ajax boss Erik ten Hag. There's no doubt the Dutchman will have a long list of jobs to do as soon as he walks through the doors at Carrington, as McTominay laid bare in his post-match comments when asked about the future of the club.
He added: "For us, self-belief, lack of confidence, you can see it all in the last two months. The last four games are about pride for us. Going out on the pitch and showing a bit of balls in your performances and not shying away from the ball or not doing everything right."
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