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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag furiously let rip at Bruno Fernandes after the club’s nightmare 4-0 defeat to Brentford last weekend, reports say. The Portugal international was considered one of the worst players on the pitch because the Red Devils were played off the park on the Gtech Community Stadium. And his place within the team is now uncertain consequently, particularly given his alarming dip in form.

Manchester United had gone into last weekend’s clash with Brentford seeking to bounce back, having slipped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford of their opening game of the season.

Nevertheless, they endured one more rough day on the office with goals from Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo giving the house side all three points.

It was a poor display from United and Fernandes, like a lot of his teammates, was abysmal as they slipped to defeat.

And a source has now told The Sun that Ten Hag was livid with the Portugal international after the sport and vented his anger towards the playmaker contained in the dressing room.

“After the Brentford game, Ten Hag tore strips off Bruno specifically,” they’re quoted as saying.

“Everyone thinks he’s letting Bruno, Maguire and Ronaldo know they will not be guaranteed a starting spot, regardless of what their status within the team is.”

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The source also reveals that Ten Hag has been forcing United players to observe clips of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in an try and encourage them.

He wants his team to play a high-pressing style but, thus far, they’ve been unable to familiarize yourself along with his methods.

“Ten Hag and Steve McClaren are acting nearly as good cop and bad cop,” said the insider.

“Ten Hag is hammering the players and McClaren is putting an arm around them as best he can.

“The manager has told the players, ‘I’m  drilling you and drilling you. What do you not get?’

“He’s accused them of getting no chemistry and has shown them videos of Liverpool and City and the way they cope with issues on the pitch.

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“He also showed the squad how Chelsea attacked Spurs last weekend within the hope it helps them understand how he wants them to play.

“He knew confidence was low but he’s realised just how big the job is and appears to have the burden of the world on his shoulders.

“Ten Hag has told the players that he’ll take the blame for them not being fit enough, but he’s criticised them for not having enough hunger.”

There’s said to be a fear at United that things will worsen before they recover, with Liverpool up next on Monday night.

The Reds thumped their rivals 5-0 in the identical fixture at Old Trafford last season, with Mohamed Salah bagging a memorable hat-trick.

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And United then lost 4-0 to Liverpool back in April, with Ralf Rangnick conceding after the sport that the club needed as many as 10 recent players.

Fans are set to protest against the Glazers, having previously got the identical fixture called off last yr.

Yet Ten Hag has insisted the Americans want United to win trophies, while also calling on everybody to be ‘unified’ as they appear to enhance and climb up the table.

“I can only say the owners need to win and the fans – we would like them behind the club,” said the 52-year-old.

“I can understand sometimes [the sentiment] but I’m not that long within the club to see all of the backgrounds. We now have to fight together and be unified.”

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And he also revealed he was unhappy with United’s begin to the season. Ten Hag added: “I used to be definitely not blissful.

“You may speak about football, you’ll be able to talk in regards to the plan, philosophy nevertheless it starts with the essential stuff, the suitable attitude, fighting attitude and I didn’t see that from minute one.

“Bring it in every game on the pitch, especially Monday night.

“It starts with yourself, act as a team, follow the foundations and principles and work hard, as hard as you’ll be able to maximise and when you do which you could get confidence.

“It’s not difficult to motivate this team because my experience that they work really good on the training pitch.” 

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