Erik ten Hag makes feelings clear on Man Utd after chaotic Brentford win

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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has reacted to his side's dramatic Premier League win over Brentford

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 07/10/2023

- 17:56

Updated: 07/10/2023

- 18:16

The Red Devils came from behind to secure all three points

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has opened up after his side's chaotic 2-1 Premier League win over Brentford on Saturday.

The Red Devils looked as though they'd slump to a seventh defeat of the season when Mathias Jensen struck to give the Bees the lead.

United, for most of the match, looked devoid of ideas and imagination.

However, Scott McTominay came off the bench to net two late goals and give the fallen giants all three points in the process.

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Brentford celebrate taking the lead in their Premier League defeat to Man Utd


Speaking after the game, Ten Hag was quizzed on his United side's performance after yet another poor showing.

Had it not been for McTominay's late heroics, they'd have fallen to the bottom half of the table.

But Ten Hag praised his United side for the way they performed and was proud of the way they kept fighting until the very end.

"You make your own luck," said the 53-year-old.

"I am really proud of this team. They kept going the whole game. They kept the faith."

He then added: "I want to thank the fans.

"They kept us going and we made the turning point.

"You felt the explosion. To describe this feeling.. I can't.. but it's a great feeling I can tell you that."

McTominay had started the match on the bench.

And he had to be patient, with the Scotland international only coming on in the 87th minute with the contest seemingly lost.

"Really pleased and hopefully we can build on that from here.

"Sometimes we feel like we are in our own bubble with people outside only saying negative things, but we just have to block that out and be better after the international break."

And, on what he was told upon coming on, he added: "It was very loud, the fans were roaring us on so I couldn't hear fully.

"He probably said something like: 'Go on and score,' which is what I did."

Brentford boss Thomas Frank also spoke out.

And the Dane rued his side's failure to kill off United.

"Football is brutal in moments like this," he said.

"I think we did so many things right, coming here to Old Trafford, almost perfect first half, pressed high, good on the counter and well deserved lead.

"Of course second half you know you will be put under pressure here.

"I actually felt like we defended it very well, and didn't give any big chances away... well until the third minute of injury time.


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Scott McTominay celebrates scoring his dramatic late winner for Man Utd against Brentford


"Then of course to lose the game is even more brutal. At least a draw was probably a fairer reflection."

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