This result and overall performance today left Manchester United fans feeling embarrassed. For Brentford, in was arguably their greatest ever result, one they will never forget in the Premier League.
It was the worst performance from a Manchester United side in my lifetime. Totally unacceptable and unforgivable – from the first minute until the last.
David de Gea left the ball slip under him for Brentford’s first to kick-start his worst performance in a United shirt. Things quickly went downhill after that and we never looked like a team that would get back into the game.
It was men against boys.
David de Gea is in trouble
Remember when Pep Guardiola got rid of Joe Hart at Manchester City? That will happen to De Gea if he doesn’t improve his game.
I’m not talking about one or two areas of his game. I’m talking about his overall game because being an amazing shot stopper isn’t enough anymore.
Teams like Brentford will press United like dogs, just like they did today, if they smell blood as we try to play out from the back.
Ten Hag left short to compete ahead of deadline day
We’ve been here before with the Glazers. The feeling that the manager is not being backed like managers at rival clubs. It’s been consistent under their ownership for 17-years.
So, to say Ten Hag has been left short won’t actually surprise United fans. It will probably come as a surprise to him.
He will also be shocked by how the players he selected today couldn’t cope with Brentford’s pressure.
If Erik ten Hag decides to change the team entirely for the next game against Liverpool, then so be it, because what I witnessed today was gutless and cowardly.
Manchester United in a deep state of emergency
This comes from the Glazers and years of settling for mediocrity.
They have milked the cow dry and it’s time to get out of town.
I fully suspect next week’s game against Liverpool will be an eventful evening with protests.
Bonus observation: I saw Richard Arnold sat at the game looking uncomfortable when the Sky Sports cameras focused on his sweaty face. He worked closely with Ed Woodward and knew what was coming with the job when he took it.