Jamie Redknapp claims ‘someone must take responsibility’ for Manchester United’s first-half mauling by the hands of Brentford on Saturday. The previous Liverpool and England midfielder also slammed two of Erik ten Hag’s decisions because the Dutchman endured a nightmare begin to the sport in West London, watching on from the sidelines because the team conceded 4 goals in quick succession.
United’s nightmare afternoon was up and running inside 10 minutes as Josh Dasilva’s shot from the sting of the box slithered through David De Gea’s grasp and into the web. A tame try to pass out from the back was then pounced on by Brentford with Christian Eriksen at fault as Mathias Jensen doubled the house side’s lead.
Red Devils recent boy Lisandro Martinez was then overpowered from a corner as Ben Mee towered above him on the far post to move home. That goal may have hurt the previous Ajax star and his boss, having faced criticism for forking out £57million on a 5ft 9in centre-back who many have claimed won’t give you the option to address the physical demands of the Premier League.
A sweeping Brentford move saw Bryan Mbeumo slide home a fourth inside 35 minutes, stunning the travelling United fans into silence and prompting a wave of criticism on the interval. Redknapp was keen to attract attention to 2 of Ten Hag’s decisions surrounding Martinez and Eriksen.
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“I don’t think I’ve seen 45 minutes within the Premier League like this,” he told Sky Sports. “Brentford have won every second ball, every challenge they usually’ve been too strong for Man Utd. Martinez shouldn’t be marking [Ivan] Toney. Someone has got to take responsibility.
“I cannot imagine what I’m watching from this Man Utd team. They simply seem like a team which were given the badge after which thrown on the market. Martinez, not strong enough as a central defender and getting bullied. Eriksen isn’t a defensive midfielder. They’re two decisions that the manager has made.”
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There are also issues to be resolved within the cases of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford. The previous requested to go away Old Trafford last month and crunch talks at Carrington supposedly failed to alter his mind.
The latter is the topic of great interest from Paris Saint-Germain with reports indicating that a bid and contract proposal are within the pipeline. Two more attacking departures would go away Ten Hag with a mountain to climb when it comes to ensuring he has enough firepower to compete with the Premier League’s big hitters this season.