Jamie Redknapp blames Erik ten Hag for Manchester United’s first-half collapse at Brentford


Jamie Redknapp claims Erik ten Hag ‘made mistakes’ with his Man United team selection in horror Brentford loss, insisting Christian Eriksen ‘cannot play in defensive midfield’ and new boy Lisandro Martinez ‘is not strong enough’

  • Jamie Redknapp blames Erik ten Hag for Man United’s thrashing at Brentford 
  • The Red Devils were beaten 4-0 in west London – all goals scored in the first-half 
  • The pundit has shifted the blame on the Dutchman, despite individual errors
  • Redknapp claimed that new signing Lisandro Martinez ‘is not strong enough’ 

Jamie Redknapp has blamed Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag for their 4-0 thumping away at Brentford.

The Red Devils were completely dismantled within the first 45 minutes of the game, as Josh Dasilva, Ben Mee, Bryan Mbuemo and Mathias Jensen all scored past a helpless David de Gea.

Even though there were errors leading to some of these goals, from the United players, Redknapp insists that it was Ten Hag who ‘made mistakes’ at the Gtech Community Stadium. 

Jamie Redknapp has blamed Man United boss Erik ten Hag for their 4-0 away loss at Brentford

The Red Devils were dismantled in the first-half at the Gtech Community Stadium

The Red Devils were dismantled in the first-half at the Gtech Community Stadium

Speaking at half-time, Redknapp told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen a half quite like this. Brentford have just been too strong for United. Someone has got to take responsibility. 

‘I cannot believe what I am watching. They’ve got the badge on but they look like they’ve just been thrown out there. The manager has made mistakes. Eriksen cannot play in defensive midfield and Martinez is not strong enough.’

He later added: ‘Martinez will not able to compete in this league. He might be ok in the Dutch league but here every weakness you have is exploited here. He played Eriksen as a false nine last week and then his week he’s a deep lying midfielder.

‘He’ll need time to settle in. He could still be a good midfielder he’s good technically, but I don’t think he can be a good centre back in the Premier League. 

Christian Eriksen gave the ball away cheaply for Brentford's second goal of the afternoon

Christian Eriksen gave the ball away cheaply for Brentford’s second goal of the afternoon

Redknapp claimed that Ten Hag was misusing the Danish midfielder throughout the match

Redknapp claimed that Ten Hag was misusing the Danish midfielder throughout the match

Redknapp’s criticism of Eriksen was validated by the fact the Dane was caught in possession on the edge of his area by Mathias Jensen, who capitalised by then firing home the Bees’ second goal.

Redknapp also took aim at United’s new signing Lisandro Martinez, who was easily beaten to the ball for Ben Mee’s goal.

The Argentinian defender was hooked at half-time as Ten Hag looked to find a way back into the game – at which point Redknapp suggested that Martinez is ‘not strong enough’.

Expectations were high for Martinez, who was one of United’s top transfer priorities this summer, but the United defender has struggled with the physicality of the Premier League since moving to Old Trafford.

Lisandro Martinez was easily beaten by Ben Mee as Brentford extended their first-half lead

Lisandro Martinez was easily beaten by Ben Mee as Brentford extended their first-half lead

The 24-year-old completed a £55.3million move to the Red Devils in July, having won two Eredivisie titles and the Dutch Cup during his three-year stay at Ajax.

Despite only being in charge for two competitive games so far, Ten Hag is already under a mounting pressure at Old Trafford.

Their 2-1 defeat by Brighton in their Premier League season opener left fans with a sour taste in their mouth, but hopeful things would be different in their trip to west London. They were not.

Things don’t get much easier for the Dutchman, who must welcome Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side to Old Trafford next weekend. 

United's struggles may worsen as they take on rivals Liverpool in the league next weekend

United’s struggles may worsen as they take on rivals Liverpool in the league next weekend

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