Jurgen Klopp

Manchester United have found support from rival manager Jurgen Klopp after some heavy criticism following their 4-0 defeat at Brentford. Klopp, whose Liverpool side plays United next, has slammed the conveyor of those strong words, Gabriel Agbonlahor.

“If I was them now after this game I’d be thinking, ‘You know what, Ten Hag, just pack up’.” – This was the beginning of a scathing rant that former Aston Villa player and now a talkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor unleashed on Manchester United following their 4-0 defeat at Brentford. The Red Devils were four goals down in the 35th minute, and while they did not concede any more, the result left them rock bottom of the Premier League table after two games.

Facing criticism from all sides, Erik ten Hag and his team have found support from an unlikely source. Jurgen Klopp, manager of Manchester United’s bitter rivals Liverpool, has shown some sympathy for the Red Devils and slammed Agbonlahor for his comments on their lament.

“It was obviously not a nice week for United after the Brentford game. We forget in these moments how good Brentford are. It [the reaction to it] was that bad, I drove home after watching the first half here and I listened to talkSPORT and Gabby,” he said.

“He lost against us 6-0 in my first year, so I couldn’t remember him as a mentality monster on the pitch then – but what he said about Man Utd in that show, I was close to calling in and telling him: ‘You forgot completely that you were a player’.

“And if ex-players go already like this, you can imagine how everything else is going. You have to ask yourself how you want to react in a situation like this.”

Despite Klopp’s support, it doesn’t get any easier for Manchester United. They are facing Liverpool next, a team to which they lost twice last season by an aggregate scoreline of 9-0.

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