English media fillet Manchester United: ‘Erik ten Hag’s reputation is already in tatters’ | Foreign football

Manchester United lost 4-0 in Erik ten Hag’s second game at Brentford, but it is not the manager who gets the full blow in the English media. It’s the players and the club owners who get a kick out of it.

It was ‘outrageous’, ‘terrible’, ‘dramatic’ what United showed on Saturday afternoon, the English media agree. The decline ensures that Ten Hag is already being compared with Frank de Boer and that the fallen top club is bottom of the Premier League.

“It’s a crisis at United,” he wrote The Guardian. ,,The reputation of Erik ten Hag is already in tatters. He will have to be an exceptional manager, a man of considerable moral courage, to recover from this. The performance was just as bad as in the dark period under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær. And much worse than the performance under predecessor Ralf Rangnick.”

“For Ten Hag and anyone who hopes that Manchester United will care, this will linger as a nightmare with a high fever, a new but familiar low.”

United didn’t come in handy against a Brentford that was putting a lot of pressure on it,” said the BBC. “Everything came crashing down spectacularly. Ten Hag could not have imagined such a catastrophic start and although he still has time to recover, the start of the season shows how difficult that task will be.”

Cristiano Ronaldo is disappointed with a visit to Brentford. © AFP

Manchester Evening News handed out numbers to the players after the game and is relentless. Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw and Fred got a 0. David De Gea, Harry Maguire, Christian Eriksen, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford did hardly better with a 1. Diogo Dalot got a 2, Cristiano Ronaldo a 3. Substitute Tyrell Malacia got a 5, as did Raphael Varane, who was seen as ‘best defender’. “United cannot sink lower than this, it is unforgivable,” the regional newspaper said.


I don’t empathize with the players, but with Ten Hag. He was brought in under false pretenses.

Rio Ferdinand

The analysts tumble over each other to indicate what is wrong at United. In short, it comes down to the players not being good enough, Ten Hag not getting the players he was promised and the owners are failing on all fronts.

“I don’t sympathize with the players, but with Ten Hag,” says former defender Rio Ferdinand in his own podcast. “He was brought in under false pretenses. He expects new players. He knew that there would be little confidence, “But thought he could fix that. However, the players are not good enough. It’s that simple. There will be players who think I shouldn’t say that, but it’s just the facts.”

The Glazer family, the American owners of the club, are also told by the former international: ,,Where are they? Let them come here! They don’t make themselves heard, that’s not possible and shows a lack of respect. On the field we don’t just lose, we are completely destroyed. And no one comes here to take responsibility.”

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His former teammate Gary Neville agrees completely: ,,The Glazers let their employees stand in their shirts. They should come here and tell them what they’re up to. It’s a mess and it can’t go on like this. I’ve been watching United for 42 years and can’t remember it ever being as bad as it was in the first half today.”

Ferdinand also does not understand anything about United’s attitude towards Frenkie de Jong: ,,They are running around him and begging him to come. He’s not interested in that. Yet we are still begging. Do you think Klopp or Pep would keep chasing a player like that? No!”