Manchester United made a big fool of themselves at Brentford FC. Instead of making the hoped-for restart under team manager Erik ten Hag, the English record champions are already in a crisis.
Ralf Rangnick had guessed it. The Manchester United squad is “open-heart surgery,” said Rangnick at the end of his failed tenure as team manager at the English record champions. After the capital false start under his successor Erik ten Hag, the patient is only once in the intensive care unit. The exit? Uncertain!
The embarrassing 0: 4 (0: 4) at Brentford FC pushed the glorious club to the bottom of the Premier League table for the first time in 30 years. It was also the seventh away defeat in a row in the highest English division, which had last happened in 1936. “I asked my players to play with conviction and take responsibility for their performance and we didn’t do that,” said ten Hag.
Josh Dasilva (10th), Mathias Jensen (18th), Ben Mee (31st) and Bryan Mbeumo (35th) hit the favorite in the heart. “You can’t concede four goals in 35 minutes as ManUnited,” said ten Hag, who “could have replaced them all” at half-time.
The construction sites are numerous, the upheaval in the middle. Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata left the club on a free transfer in the summer. In addition, there is the theater about superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time world footballer is looking for a new club, but still played 90 minutes in Brentford. But Ronaldo can’t find a club that can and wants to afford his services.
Manchester United: club legends sound the alarm
The club legends are worried about the overall situation. “My head is hurt, my heart needs help,” Rio Ferdinand tweeted. Gary Neville is even more explicit. “People should have known that handing this squad over to Erik ten Hag was an unacceptable situation,” said the former United captain, adding: “It’s about time the Glazer family sold the football club.”
Ten Hag is under no illusions. “It seems like what happened last season is coming this season and we need to change that quickly,” said the Dutchman.
But further trouble is imminent. After the opening defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion (1:2) and the embarrassing bankruptcy in Brentford, Liverpool will come to Old Trafford on the next matchday.
Only a look at the history books gives hope at the moment. When United also started their first Premier League season with two defeats in 1992, the championship title was celebrated at the end.