|Arsenal celebrate after scoring against Sevilla on Wednesday to take full control of Group B. Arsenal won 2-0. (Photo credit: BBC)|
Manchester United once again proved that they’re far off where they should be with yet another loss in the Champions League, which has now put their round of 16 qualification under risk.
The trip to Copenhagen was supposed to be a “not too difficult” game considering history and pedigree; United also sat dangerously third on the log and only a win would do, considering Galatasaray lost at Bayern Munich.
United hit a new depth of low with a 4-3 loss, and beyond the result, the performance and the implosion must worry Erik Ten Hag. Marcus Rashford is suspended for the rest of the group stage games; he now has to rely on other players for what appears impossible.
Rasmus Hojlund appeared to have arrived on the big scene with two goals that set United on the way, but Rashford was sent off for a reckless tackle, and the hosts scored twice in first-half stoppage time to draw level.
Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot to put United back in front, but in the space of four minutes, United conceded twice again to end up on the losing side. The loss sent United to fourth on the log, and they will now need a miracle to advance from the group.
Arsenal, on the other hand, made light work of Sevilla to halt a run of back-to-back losses on domestic fronts. The Gunners had lost to West Ham in the Carabao Cup and also suffered a VAR madness last weekend at St. James’s Park.
Bukayo Saka set up Leandro Trossard for the opener just before the hour mark, but before and after then, Sevilla couldn’t get a sniff. The Spanish side had suffered a 2-1 home loss to Arsenal in the first leg and needed a win to keep qualification hopes alive.
Arsenal managed the game so well that Sevilla only had one shot throughout the entire game, and it came to an end after Arsenal had scored their second goal. Bukayo Saka completed a sleek move to make it 2-0, and it went completely away from the visitors.
The win took Arsenal to nine points and planted one of their feet in the round of 16. PSV beat RC Lens 1-0 to restore their qualification hopes, but they must now edge the French side in the remaining two games to stand a chance of qualifying.