Brentford 4-0 Manchester United: Erik ten Hag humiliated as Thomas Frank’s gameplan works to perfection

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A buzzing Brentford team pulled off another huge result on home soil on Saturday as Thomas Frank’s well-coached side embarrassed an awful Manchester United side.

Clearly, much of the focus of the 4-0 defeat will be on United’s shambolic performance, but it was Frank’s gameplan that posed the tests the away side failed over and over again.

The high-pressing Brentford have built their recent success on led the first goal, with Cristiano Ronaldo robbed of the ball before Josh Dasivla’s fairly tame shot from just outside the box slipped under an awful David De Gea.

For the second, Christian Eriksen was swatted aside as Mathias Jensen harried him after a short goal-kick, stealing possession and finishing with ease.

Ben Mee added a third after the home side’s physicality scared a United side lacking any kind of fight following a corner, with Bryan Mbeumo hitting a fourth after a wonderfully incisive counter-attack left their opponents for dead.

Brains and brawn offer in west London from a side operating on a shoestring budget. For United, nothing has changed. Too easy to play against, without any kind of direction and soulless to the point where one wonders if the club is even sentient at this stage, Liverpool will be licking their lips ahead of their meeting next week.