Manchester United came under heavy criticism from former players, after losing 4-0 to Brentford in the English Premier League on Saturday, its second defeat in a row, in the first two rounds of this season, under the leadership of new Dutch coach Erik Ten Hag.
Because of the defeat, United fell to the last place among the championship teams, and with it Ten Hag also became the first coach, since John Chapman in 1921, to lose his first two matches, at the head of the club’s technical staff.
BBC commentator Chris Sutton said United had fallen to “rock bottom”, while his former team-mate Alan Shearer said it was due to years of mismanagement at the club.
Shearer said on a BBC programme: “It’s a complete mess, years of failure, there is a lack of leadership and contracts have been terrible. He wants to be”.
Brentford achieved early supremacy if he scored four goals after only 35 minutes of the match, during which United performed an unworthy performance and suffered the seventh consecutive defeat away from home in his career extended since last season.
Former United defender Gary Neville described what was happening as a “death to the club”.
“I’ve been watching United matches for 42 years, and I don’t remember that things got as bad as they did in the first half” of yesterday’s match, Neville added on Sky Sports.
The Sunday Times described what happened as “the rock bottom”.
United, which ranked sixth in the Premier League last season, will not participate in the Champions League this season, and will meet in the third round locally on August 22 with its guest Liverpool.