Ten Hag replaced Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez and Fred after a dismal first-half performance but the Dutchman, who is the first United manager to lose his first two competitive games since John Chapman in 1921,said he wished he could have axed his whole starting XI. David DeGea takes the blame too.
“I subbed three but I could’ve changed them all,” said Ten Hag. “We want to bring some fresh energy in the game, so not specific to the ones we sub because I don’t think that’s honest to them. “I think we all have seen the game and I think Brentford was more hungry. We have to question that and we will do in the coming hours. You can have a good plan but we had to put into the bin.” he concluded
After Ten Hag faced questions about his tactical approach after his team were caught in possession trying to pass out from the back for Brentford’s second goal. “I think I cost three points to my team today to be honest,” David DeGea told Sky Sports. After the first mistake and the second it was very tough for the team to get playing. It was a horrible day. We should react better but, in the moment, we are living now it’s tough every time we concede a goal. I should have saved the shot and probably the result will be different.”
“We are not like other teams that concede one goal and they win 5-1 or 6-1. It doesn’t matter if they make a mistake. This is why I think today I cost three points. Because it was an easy save it was 1-0 for them and I felt already the team was going down, down, down.” Davide DeGea said