Ian Wright ‘confused’ at Erik ten Hag decision in Man Utd v Coventry | Football

Alejandro Garnacho was hauled off in the 66th minute (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright has named the decision Erik ten Hag made that left him ‘very confused’ following Manchester United’s win over Coventry City on Sunday.

The Red Devils booked their spot in the FA Cup final for the second season in a row after a dramatic victory over the Sky Blues.

United had a three-goal cushion but Coventry sensationally battled back to 3-3 and had the better chances in extra-time, before Ten Hag’s side won on penalties.

Wright analysed the game on ITV after United’s shootout victory and couldn’t work out why Ten Hag hauled off Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo.

Garnacho looked frustrated as he was substituted in the 66th minute in favour of Antony while Ten Hag replaced Mainoo with Christian Eriksen six minutes later.

‘I was just very surprised to see Mainoo, I don’t know if he’s got a knock or something, but he’s somebody who can control the game or slow it down, so I was very surprised to see him coming off,’ Wright said. ‘The same with Garnacho.

‘You can talk about experience, but bringing on [Christian] Eriksen hasn’t really made much of a difference. I was bewildered.

Kobbie Mainoo pictured with Andre Onana after Man Utd beat Coventry

Kobbie Mainoo was replaced by fellow midfielder Christian Eriksen (Picture: Getty)

‘You could see it descend into chaos and Coventry really came into it. Ellis Simms was causing problems, Fabio Tavares was looking good. They almost did it.’

Rio Ferdinand felt the same way as Wright as he reacted to the game on his YouTube channel.

‘Alejandro Garnacho cannot be coming off the pitch,’ former United defender Ferdinand said. ‘Kobbie Mainoo coming off early [too]. These are young, hungry guys.’

Following United’s last Premier League match, a 2-2 draw at AFC Bournemouth, Garnacho liked a social media post criticising Ten Hag.

The 19-year-old was substituted at half time after United registered a dismal first-half display in which Bournemouth took the lead twice.

Ten Hag later confirmed that Garnacho had privately apologised and he urged the Argentine to learn from his actions.


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