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

Jamie Redknapp claims Erik ten Hag ‘made a mistake’ with his Man United team selection in horror Brentford defeat, insisting Christian Eriksen ‘can’t play in defensive midfield’ and new boy Lisandro Martinez ‘not strong enough’

  • Jamie Redknapp blames Erik ten Hag for Manchester United’s thrashing against Brentford
  • The Red Devils were beaten 4-0 in west London – all the goals were scored in the first half
  • The teacher has shifted the blame to the Dutchman, despite individual mistakes
  • Redknapp claimed new signing Lisandro Martinez ‘isn’t strong enough’

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

The Red Devils were completely dismantled in 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.

Although mistakes led to some of those goals, from United players, Redknapp insists 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 to 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

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

“I can’t believe what I’m looking at. They’re tagged, but they look like they’ve just been thrown out there. The manager has made a mistake. Eriksen cannot play in defensive midfield and Martinez is not strong enough.’

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

He needs time to settle. He can still be a good midfielder, he is 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 score of the afternoon

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

Redknapp claimed that Ten Hag abused the Danish midfielder throughout the game

Redknapp claimed that Ten Hag abused the Danish midfielder throughout the game

Redknapp’s criticism of Eriksen was vindicated by the fact that the Dane was dispossessed on the edge of his area by Mathias Jensen, who capitalized by 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 Argentine defender was hooked at half-time as Ten Hag looked to find a way back into the game – with Redknapp suggesting Martinez ‘wasn’t 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 lead in the first half

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

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 spell at Ajax.

Despite being in charge of just two competitive games so far, Ten Hag is already under increasing pressure at Old Trafford.

Their 2-1 loss to Brighton in the Premier League season opener left fans with a sour taste in their mouths, but hopeful things would be different on their trip to west London. They weren’t.

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

United's struggles could worsen when they take on rivals Liverpool in the league next weekend

United’s struggles could worsen when they take on rivals Liverpool in the league next weekend

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