talkSPORT co-host Simon Jordan has given his damning verdict on the current situation at Manchester United after they were thrashed 4-0 by Brentford.
The Red Devils have been lambasted by pundits and fans alike following their two woeful and shambolic displays so far this season.
Ten Hag’s side lost 2-1 at home Brighton on the opening day of the season, and then followed it up by losing to the Bees.
The Dutchman’s tactics have been questioned, as well as player performances, and the finger continues to be pointed towards the club’s owners, the Glazers.
Cristiano Ronaldo was also seen storming off the pitch at full-time against Brentford, despite being urged to clap the travelling away fans.
And Jordan believes fans should expect Manchester United lose to arch-rivals Liverpool in their next clash at Old Trafford next Monday – live on talkSPORT – and gave his frank assessment on the current situation at the club.
“It is priced in that Manchester United will get spanked by Liverpool in their next match,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“It was not priced in to get beaten by Brighton and Brentford, though.
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“Manchester United as a big club is like the Monty Python sketch with the parrot. It is a dead parrot, it no longer exists, it is an ex-parrot.
“You look at United now and you say there is nothing about this football club, in any of its guises, from the Glazers to the chief executive, the attitude towards the fans from the manor they run the football club.
“The decisions they have made to delegate to people who are not able to be delegated to.
“You delegate someone when you know what the outcome is going to be, otherwise you don’t have the ability to delegate.
“You get yourself hands deep and find out what is going on.
“From the Glazers, to the chief executive sitting in the pub negotiating with fans, through to Â£400million worth of players on the pitch that have an average age of 27, with 300 appearances between them as an average, not competing in a game, through to a coach who is picking equivalent of Tattoo from Fantasy Island, a vertically challenged centre-half to play against 6ft 4in strikers.
“Through to a coach who is supposed to know better, such as Steve McClaren who has been at Manchester United [before], through to the fans and their unrest.
“There is nothing about this football club in this moment in time to suggest it is the Manchester United that we all know.
“You look at that and say ‘sometimes if life you can’t bounce until you hit the bottom’, and I think they hit the bottom against Brentford.
“I think they hit the bottom tactically, in the players’ cowardice to change the way they played on the pitch.
“If you are told to play out all week, and you practice it, surely when you get on the pitch and it is not available, you do something different.
“You make decisions as top quality players, you look at that and say ‘Erik ten Hag is on that’, because he picked a team who he thought could roll over Brentford.
“He picked one which was tactically wrong with centre-backs who were 2ft tall, who could not compete. A goalkeeper that was ridiculously poor, there is nothing the manager could have done about the first two goals, that is on the goalkeeper.
“You look at it and see you have got people like the two wide players, who have no backside in terms of backbone, in Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho that don’t get themselves involved, Bruno Fernandes is lightweight, Christian Eriksen is playing as a holding midfield player, who has never played there before.
“McClaren is just sitting there after being brought in, and everyone is saying ‘it is all about the Glazers’, you have people like Trotskyite Gary Neville telling the world a fish rots on the top of its head.
“When you take the backbone out of a fish which is the team, you have nothing else left either
“They should not be putting a performance out, irrespective of the challenges they have got, with that group of players with that kind of spend pattern, and get beaten in that way by both Brighton and Brentford.”
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