While You Were Asleep: Erik ten Hag says Man United are not yet title contenders, Rodrygo rewards Pele, Mikel Arteta unhappy with referral decisions

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag said his Red Devils are not yet title contenders. He added, however, that belief in the Red Devils is growing.

Manchester United defeated Bournemouth 3-0 on Tuesday. Casemiro opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, followed by left-back Luke Shaw in the 49th minute. In the closing minutes of the game, Marcus Rashford tripled the lead for the home side.

When asked about title contenders, ten Hag responded by saying, “That’s a big step,”

“No, but faith is growing and that is a good signal. We have to give 100 percent energy and focus every game and if you stay in that philosophy, it’s possible (a title bid). he added.

Manchester United are currently fourth with 35 points.

Rodrygo pays tribute to the late Pele after scoring a goal in the Copa Del Rey

Brazil and Real Madrid star striker Rodrygo after he scored in a Copa Del Rey match honoring the late Pele.

The 21-year-old scored in the second half against fourth division Cacereno. Real Madrid won the tie 1–0 to advance to the round of 16 of the Copa Del Rey.

Pelé was buried in his final resting place on Tuesday as millions of fans in Brazil and around the world mourned the sports legend.

Newly inaugurated president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva paid his respects at Vila Belmiro, the stadium where Pelé played most of his career.

Pelé was buried in the city where he grew up, rose to fame and helped become a global capital of his sport. A mass was held at the Vila Belmiro stadium before the black coffin was driven through the streets of the city of Santos in a fire engine.

Mikel Arteta is dissatisfied with referral decisions

Mikel Arteta was not happy with the referring decisions following their 0-0 draw against Newcastle.

Mikel Arteta said after the game: “There were two outrageous penalties”,

“It’s a penalty or no penalty and these are both penalties.” The Arsenal guy added.

Arteta went on to say, “I’m not here to talk about the referees, sorry.”

Newcastle have not picked up a single point from their last five visits to the Emirates stadium before this match. Under Eddie Howe, the team is in sparkling form this season. They are third in the table with 35 points, just one point behind defending champions Manchester City and level with Manchester United.

Arsenal, on the other hand, continue their dominance of the season. They are still on top with 44 points.

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