Erik ten Hag was visibly struck after Manchester United‘s embarrassing defeat at Brentford. The Dutch manager throws out a number of solid texts, but above all hopes that he and his team can overcome this blow.
United showed up dramatically at Brentford and so The Red Devils are still at zero points after two duels. “It was very bad and shabby,” says Ten Hag at beIN Sports. “I can give several reasons to explain why things are going so badly, but that sounds like an excuse. You don’t have that in the top, that‘s where you have to deliver. We haven’t done that now. Clearly, things need to change. We need to start competitions better.”
At Sky Sports, Ten Hag was not about it either. “The team has to take responsibility. I feel sorry for the fans. I asked the players to play with faith and take responsibility, they didn‘t. The personal mistakes killed us. After halftime, I wanted to have three fresh players on the field, to show that it should never stand 4-0. I might as well have switched all players.”
Ten Hag hopes he can get things back on track at Man United. “Only if we stick together will we get over it. Of course, the manager is the main person responsible and I am not hiding from that. I have to give faith to the players, but they have to do it themselves.”
Finally, Ten Hag emphasizes that he really needs reinforcements before the transfer market closes again. “Yes, we need new players and quality players. We will try to convince these players so that they will join us.”
🗣️ “It’s rubbish. It‘s track. We need higher standards than that, that’s clear. “👀 Erik ten Hag doesn‘t hold back when assessing @ManUtd‘s 4-0 defeat to @BrentfordFC. #beINPL #BREMUN #MUFC pic.twitter.com/A05ZTeJi5M
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