Manchester United are an absolute shambles.
Supposedly now in a new era after the appointment of Erik ten Hag as manager, the same old problems seem to plague the club. Their first half performance against Brentford yesterday was one of the worst we have seen in the Premier League, finding themselves 4-0 down after only 30 minutes.
It is clear that their squad is nowhere near good enough, with the players seemingly lacking both the talent and desire to compete at the top level.
In saying that, they probably weren't helped by their manager.
Ruud Gullit comments on Erik ten Hag mistakes
While it is far too early to judge Erik ten Hag as Manchester United manager, it is clear that mistakes have been made during his first two games in charge.
The signing of Lisandro Martinez is already looking like a questionable one, with the diminutive centre back badly caught out in each of the last two games due to his lack of steel at the back.
Looking at the way United set up for yesterday's game, it could be said that they severely underestimated the challenge that would be posed by Brentford. They picked a side that severely lacked physicality, giving the impression that they felt they could just play the opposition off the park.
Of course, the reality was far different.
It seems Erik ten Hag has yet to adjust to the demands of the Premier League. Whereas in Holland his vastly superior Ajax side could coast through some games against inferior opposition, there are no free passes handed out in the English top flight.
Speaking on beIN SPORTS, former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit said that his compatriot has not heeded his advice that a change in approach will be needed in order to succeed at Old Trafford.
🗣️ "I think that Brentford needs and deserves all the credit today... The first half was a disaster for United."@GullitR analyses @BrentfordFC's 4-0 victory over @ManUtd.#beINPL #BREMUN #MUFC pic.twitter.com/sxGnnwqYt5
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) August 13, 2022
Don't forget that Brentford played extremely well. I think their game plan was good, they tried to press them on the moment that was the most important in their buildup and they succeeded twice to nick the ball off them and score a goal.
Brentford deserve all the credit today for a good game. Then we've got to analyse Man United, who were awful in all senses. The first half was a disaster.
I think [ten Hag] tried to change some players, Varane of course because you need some big players at the back, but it was not enough. I think he misses a lot of things in that team. There is a lot of homework for him.
I warned him already, if you go to England with a Dutch mentality and a Dutch way, you're not going to make it. You need a different thing in the Premier League.
You seen it with Brentford today, in the first week with Liverpool against Fulham, a difficult game. That's English football.
Things will not get easier from here for Manchester United. Sitting rock bottom of the table after two games, they are set to host Liverpool in their next league fixture.
If they replicate their Brentford performance in that fixture, you get the feeling that the 4-0 loss suffered yesterday could look rather tame in comparison to the score that Jurgen Klopp's side could rack up.