Manchester United’s humbling at Brentford was a lesson for new manager Erik ten Hag, who realised just how difficult it’s going to be to implement his ideas and tactics at a club rotten from top to bottom.
The players, who have been far too comfortable with a culture of mediocrity, yet again downed their tools as soon as Brentford went ahead. Contrary to the instruction of manager, who asked them to play with belief and take responsibility.
The promise his side showed during the pre-season was nowhere to be seen against both Brighton and Brentford.
In aftermath of the 4-0 defeat at the Community stadium, Ten Hag tore into his players and then cancelled their day off, as per The Times. The United squad were due to have a day off on Monday, but the furious boss instructed them to report to Carrington for an extra training session.
Given the current predicament, an extra training session isn’t going to help Ten Hag by much. Instead, the Dutchman needs a massive backing in the transfer market.
The United hierarchy should start from resolving the Frenkie de Jong issue. Apart from the Barcelona midfielder, the Red Devils should also look to sign a new defensive midfielder, as well as a goalkeeper who is good with his feet and commands his area.