The hangover. This Sunday morning, the staff, managers, players and supporters of Manchester United woke up upside down after the humiliation inflicted by Brentford (4-0). Night was short. Early on, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag visited the Carrighton training center. While they were due to rest on Sunday, the players were called in for training, according to the Times. Inevitably a sanction after this slap and a disturbing performance. Last in the Premier League, the Red Devils lost their first two games, which had not happened to them for over 100 years (1921).
At the end of the match, Ten Hag had already displayed his anger: “It’s difficult for me and it’s a surprise. The team has to take responsibility and I’m sorry for the fans, we let them down. I asked the players to play with conviction and take responsibility, they didn’t. The manager is the main responsible and I assume it, but I have to give them confidence and they also have to get it on their own. Mistakes are part of football, you have to continue but above all you have to act. The three changes made at half-time were intended to bring in new elements. I could have changed the other eight too. It sucked, poor… We need higher standards than that, that’s clear. In the end, we have to be up to it and we weren’t”.
Rabiot soon Mancunian?
The tension should rise a notch during the week as the Mancunians will host Liverpool on the third day. Ten Hag will have to find the right words to revive a team that showed no spirit of revolt on the lawn of Brentford Community Stadium after conceding 4 goals in 25 minutes (4-0 at the break). But the former coach of Ajax Amsterdam still hammered home his desire to see new recruits arrive quickly: “The way we played was naive. We have to be more direct when playing. We need new players and quality players. We will try to convince them to join us. Negotiations with Adrien Rabiot, the middle of Juventus, could quickly lead.