‘No time to feel too down’ after loss at Arsenal

Monday 23 January 2023 14:39

Despite Manchester United’s narrow 3-2 defeat to Premier League leaders Arsenal, Lisandro Martinez and Marcus Rashford are urging the Reds to remain optimistic ahead of a crucial cup week for the club.

Marcus opened the scoring at the Emirates Stadium, and Lisandro levelled things up in the second half after United had gone 2-1 down, before Eddie Nketiah’s last-gasp finish clinched all three points for the hosts in the dying moments.

The loss may have brought to a halt our 10-match unbeaten run, but Martinez says the Reds must move on quickly to attack jam-packed fixture list that lies ahead.

On Twitter, the Argentina international posted:

“It was not the end we wanted, but definitely no time to feel too down. Heads up and we go again together for the next one, come on United!!! Nice to score my first goal, thanks once again for the fantastic away support!”

Martinez was joined by Rashford, who shared the centre-back's optimism on the back of the improvement United have made under Erik ten Hag.

He said:

“Never easy to lose a game like that at the last minute but we go again! We're heading in the right direction and need to remain positive.”

United now have three fixtures, all in cup competitions, before we return to league action, starting with the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final away to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday (25 January).

Following this, Ten Hag’s side host Reading in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday (28 January) before the second leg of the League Cup tie versus Forest on 1 February, also at Old Trafford.

In his post-match press conference at the Emirates Stadium, Erik labelled the period ahead as “a big week,” and the Reds will be looking to get back on a positive track by progressing in both tournaments.