Erik ten Hag was let down by five Man Utd players in horror Brentford display


Manchester United lost more ground in their bid for Champions League qualification on Saturday night. The Red Devils were fortunate to take a single point from Brentford despite throwing away a 96th-minute lead. Express Sport pinpoints five United players who particularly didn't perform, as the forgettable 1-1 draw applied more pressure on Erik ten Hag.

Scott McTominay

Scott McTominay has saved Ten Hag's skin with some big goals this season, but he shouldn't be starting games while Mason Mount is fit and on the bench.

The Scotsman contributed to United's carelessness on the ball, completing just 23 of his 33 passes (70 per cent).

He also only won one of his four ground duels and four of his nine battles in the air as Brentford out-fought the visitors.

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford was trying to make things happen on the ball but couldn't avoid running into trouble or stifling his momentum with poor touches.

However, the most concerning aspect of the 26-year-old's performance was his body language and effort off the ball. He looked like a player who was not willing to do the work for his team.

Rashford can do all the interviews defending himself as he wants, but those staunch comments must transfer into his performances if he wants to be a part of Sir Jim Ratcliffe's rebuild.

Rasmus Hojlund

Rasmus Hojlund didn't look up to speed in the FA Cup quarter-final win against Liverpool, and it was the same story against Brentford.

The 21-year-old striker's limited service didn't help, but when he got the ball, little came from it. His run of scoring in six consecutive Premier League games is over.

But he's not immune from blame. Winning two of your 16 duels on a football pitch, losing possession 13 times and committing four fouls as a striker is unacceptable.

Lisandro Martinez

Lisandro Martinez, like Hojlund, won't have been fully match-ready when he was forced onto the pitch to replace the injured Victor Lindelof in the 69th minute.

Getting some minutes back into the Argentine's legs was a positive after another eight weeks out of action, but Willy Kambwala may have been the wiser choice from the bench.

Ten Hag will understandably be desperate to get Martinez back to his best, though, with injury concerns now lingering over Lindelof and Raphael Varane, who withdrew at half-time.

Adblock test (Why?)