The Bees raced into an early lead after David De Gea allowed a speculative long-range strike from Dasilva to slip through his fingers. Just eight minutes later, things went from bad to worse for Ten Hag’s side as Jensen pressed to capitalise on United’s lacklustre attempts to play out from the back.
Mee then outmuscled Martinez at the back post to head home a third on the half-hour mark after United failed to clear their lines following a corner. Just five minutes later, Brentford added a clinical fourth through Mbeumo, who raced on to Ivan Toney’s fine cross and finished off a scintillating counter-attack.
Following the stunning 4-0 success, Frank was questioned over his tactics by James Redknapp on Sky Sports, who highlighted how the Dane’s side appeared to be targeting Shaw and Martinez down United’s left. Frank then confirmed the tactical ploy to exploit United’s lack of height in that area while admitting his side drew inspiration from Brighton’s success in their 2-1 triumph over the Red Devils last week.
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