Owen Hargreaves blasts Manchester United after Brentford battering

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has blasted his old club after yesterday’s 4-0 battering against Brentford.

The Red Devils conceded four goals in 25 first half minutes against the Bees at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Erik ten Hag‘s team couldn’t match the intensity, desire and work rate of Thomas Frank’s west London side and ultimately Brentford exposed our lack of hunger and fragile mental toughness.

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After suffering back-to-back defeats, the Dutchman became the first United manager to lose his first two games since John Chapman in 1921.

With Liverpool set to come to Old Trafford in eight days time, the former Ajax manager’s side are rock bottom of the Premier League for the first time since August 1992.

Owen Hargreaves blasts Manchester United after Brentford battering

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Hargreaves, who was a key player of the 2007-08 Manchester Unites side that won the Premier League and Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson, tore into United’s under-performing flops.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, he said: “They made some mistakes and the goals were poor. There was no fight to get back into the game, no tackling, no aggression. Football at this level is about competition, that’s how you make it.

“Brentford won every battle today. You’ve got to win the battles. They weren’t ready against Brighton and they weren’t ready again. Erik ten Hag is a super coach, he did an amazing job at Ajax.

“But these two games have not gone to plan. I don’t know how you can turn this around quickly.

“The confidence is just gone. It’s a privilege and honour to wear that football shirt. We’ve all been there as players, had terrible games.

“But you get through it by fighting and competing. Forget about the tactics, it’s about winning your individual battles. I was hopeful [we would see a response after Brighton].

“I’m tired of being critical and negative. But what can you say? There wasn’t any positives.”

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It isn’t the first time this crop of players’ character has been called into question and unfortunately for Ten Hag and the Manchester United fanbase it’s unlikely to be the last.

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