‘It’s like a men’s team against Under 9s’: Gary Neville slams Man United’s shambolic first-half display at Brentford as he admits Erik ten Hag’s side were ‘mauled, bullied and messed around with’ as they conceded FOUR goals
- Gary Neville slams Manchester United after a shambolic first half at Brentford
- The former United star compared Erik ten Hag’s side to an ‘Under 9s’ team
- Hosts Brentford blew the Red Devils away to race to a 4-0 lead inside 35 minutes
Gary Neville has compared Manchester United to an ‘Under-9s’ side in their embarrassing performance against Brentford in the Premier League.
Neville criticised the side Erik ten Hag picked for the game, claiming they were collectively far too small to deal with the physicality of the game, despite the return of wantaway star Cristiano Ronaldo to the starting line-up.
United found themselves 4-0 down after 35 minutes at the Brentford Community Stadium after a stunning first-half display from the hosts.
Manchester United fell to a 4-0 deficit inside 35 minutes against Brentford on Saturday
Neville said while commentating on the game for Sky: ‘If you’d said to be before the game Brentford might score from a free kick, I would have said yeah.
‘Ten Hag has picked the smallest team he could hoping they would out play Brentford. You have to deal with the physical side of the Premier League. It’s like a men’s team against Under 9s.
‘Last Sunday didn’t surprise me. I thought they would do better today away from Old Trafford. But they have been mauled. Bullied. Messed around with like you wouldn’t believe in this first half hour.
‘Brentford have been brilliant. Well done to Thomas Frank. I just thought the heat today would stop Brentford from playing their usual swashbuckling game. Brentford have been brilliant but United have helped them. There’s been no response from United.
‘What a moment from Brentford football club. Brilliant left foot finish, De Gea has no chance. What a first half we are seeing. The demolition of Manchester United.’
Manchester United have not lost their opening two Premier League games since 1992-93
Neville doubted whether there was anything Ten Hag could say to his side to change the result
It took just 10 minutes for Ten Hag’s side to fall behind after Josh Dasilva’s strike from range squirmed through a diving David de Gea, and the lead was doubled just eight minutes later by Mathias Jensen, who pounced on a defensive error.
The hosts then went four up after further goals from Ben Mee on 30 minutes and Bryan Mbeumo after 35 minutes, both of which teed up by Ivan Toney, as the Bees set up what is surely an insurmountable lead by the half-time whistle.
And the former United right-back doubted that there was anything the Dutch manager could do to change the result in his half-time team talk after such a dismal display.
David de Gea’s embarrassing error saw Josh Dasilva’s opener squirm through his grasp
He added: ‘He’s got nothing to do he’s got nothing to say. What can you possibly say to those 11 players. I think you’ve just got to send them out again.
‘Manchester United have never been 4-0 down in the Premier League at this stage in a match. It has been a really good game plan from Brentford. I think United thought they would just come and play better football but it doesn’t work like that.
‘It sounds very 80s but you need that fight. Especially here at Brentford. All the things I was told as a youngster ring true.’
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