Man Utd players trashed my plan, says Erik ten Hag after Brentford thrashing

Man Utd players trashed my plan, says Erik ten Hag after Brentford thrashing

Erik ten Hag blamed the players and not the plan after Manchester United’s disastrous 4-0 defeat at Brentford.

United are already in crisis after finding themselves four down at half-time thanks to a mix of defensive ineptitude and Brentford opportunism.

Goalkeeper David De Gea gifted the first two to Josh Dasilva and Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee helped himself to a third and Bryan Mbeumo grabbed a fourth on a blistering afternoon for the visitors.

Manchester United’s David De Gea endured a night to forget (John Walton/PA)

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The defeat means Ten Hag is the first manager to lose each of his first two games in charge of Manchester United since John Chapman in 1921.

It also left United bottom of the top flight for the first time in more than three decades and Ten Hag questioned the hunger of his players.

“One, Brentford were more hungry, and two, we conceded goals through individual mistakes,” Ten Hag said.

“You can have a good plan, but then you put it in the trash.

“I think it has nothing to do with tactics. The first two goals are about handling the ball and making decisions.

“I think they follow my instructions, but they make bad decisions. This is football, it is a game of mistakes and we have been punished.

“When the results are like this, I can imagine how the fans feel. It is not good that we show it clearly, and we have to change it. We need more hunger on the pitch as a team and individually.”

You can have a good plan, but then you throw it in the trash.

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De Gea let Dasilva’s long-range shot slip through his fingers for the opener and five minutes later, trying to play outside the defense as Ten Hag calls for, allowed Jensen to slot home the second.

“He didn’t have to throw the ball there because we gave options and the players have to choose,” insisted Ten Hag. “We said ‘invite them and play them long.’

“I’m sure he can do it, and in the second goal, OK. He already showed it in training and in the first games he can do it.

“I don’t want to play from the back when it’s not possible. It was naive how we played today. You have to play more direct. It is clear that at this level it is not the standard we want to perform.”

Cristiano Ronaldo started and finished the game but Ten Hag still took three players off – Luke Shaw, Fred and summer signing Lisandro Martinez – at the break.

“I replaced three, but I could have replaced them all,” he said. “We wanted to bring some fresh energy to the game, not specifically those who were replaced because I don’t think it’s fair to them.”

Mee equalized in the third when United failed to deal with a corner before Ivan Toney scored the goal of the game for fellow striker Mbeumo.

Thomas Frank was very proud of his Brentford players (John Walton/PA)

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“It was a very good performance overall, I don’t think teams win 4-0 often in the Premier League, and definitely not against Manchester United,” said Bees boss Thomas Frank.

“This group of players continues to show me how well they are together. I don’t think it’s a 4-0 win, but a clear and deserved win.

“We deserve a huge amount of credit. It was definitely one of our best performances here.”

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