Manchester United were “disappointing” in 4-0 mauling by Brentford, says Ten Hag

Manchester United's Dutch manager Erik ten Hag looks on during the English Premier League football match between Brentford and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium in London on August 13, 2022.
Manchester United’s manager Erik ten Hag looks on during the English Premier League football match between Brentford and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium in London on August 13, 2022. /CFP Photo

Manchester United’s start away against Brentford on Saturday was “disappointing” and a letdown to fans, the Reds’ manager Erik ten Hag said as he gave a tough account of the 4-0 loss.

United went down 4-0 to the Bees by the 35th minute, and at times appeared lucky not to concede more before fulltime.

Brentford took the lead after just 10 minutes as Josh Dasilva’s long-range shot somehow slipped underneath goalkeeper David de Gea.

De Gea was once again on the spot eight minutes later after he made a poor pass, allowing Mathias Jensen to double the Londoner’s lead.

New signing Ben Mee added a third in the 30th minute before a swift Brentford counter attack five minutes later ended in Bryan Mbeumo netting the fourth goal of the game.

“A really poor performance. You start the game and you have to be ready, and we weren’t, and that’s disappointing. It’s difficult for me,” ten Hag said.

“It’s a surprise when you start the game like this; in 35 minutes conceding four goals. It’s not possible. So, the team has to take responsibility. I feel really sorry for the fans. They give everything to support us and we let them down.”

Saturday’s loss was the second for United in as many games this season, piling pressure on the new manager early in the campaign.

So far, the Reds have conceded six goals, and netted only once – an own goal in their season opener against Brighton & Hove Albion.

United currently sit at the very tail end of the Premier League standings, and are scheduled to face Liverpool at Old Trafford next weekend.