According to reports, after their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Brentford, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag made his players run 13.8 km. Sky Sports' Kaveh Solehkol tweeted this information on Sunday.
The distance - 13.8 km - is not a randomly chosen figure. Apparently, this is the difference between the distance covered by Brentford and Manchester United in their match.
United were humbled by Brentford in the Premier League at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday. The team produced arguably their most hapless display and were thoroughly dominated in the first half.
Long-apparent issues in midfield and defense were exposed again. The team conceded as many as four first-half goals, three of which were direct results of individual errors.
The fourth goal from Bryan Mbuemo came as a result of an excellent counter attack that opened up the Red Devils’ defense in just two passes. Ten Hag appeared distraught on the United bench and there was no response from the team after going four goals down.
Ten Hag was reportedly also disappointed with the lack of running from the team. The team ran a total of 95.6km in the 4-0 defeat.
Manchester United suffer arguably their worst loss of recent times
Any sort of optimism surrounding the Erik ten Hag era at the club has been blown away in just two games. Cristiano Ronaldo looked a dejected figure and did not greet supporters or even his manager after the full-time whistle.
The Portuguese seems uninterested and whether it is the right idea to keep a player who does not want to stay remains to be seen.
The lack of character shown and the inability to mount any sort of comeback after being dominated across the pitch made for terrible viewing for the fans. The defense was distraught and seemed to be on the verge of losing its plot every time Brentford got on the ball.
In attack, Manchester United were against a backline that had a low block but had no problem marauding forward when the chances came. The lack of patience, innaccurate passing, and sheer lack of game sense from United allowed Brentford to easily hold off the few attempts that Ten Hag's side managed to carve out through the game.
There is little doubt that the team needs a thorough injection of quality. If that does not happen, the season will only get worse from here. United will take on Liverpool at Old Trafford next weekend. The Reds beat United 5-0 and 4-0 over two fixtures in the Premier League last season.