Brentford manager Thomas Frank said “football can be brutal” after the Bees slipped to a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday, adding he “would still have been devastated” with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Mathias Jensen’s first-half goal had put Frank’s team on course for a first away win over the Red Devils since 1937, but Scott McTominay’s stoppage-time double earned the hosts all three points in remarkable circumstances.
The win eases some of the pressure on Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, whose side were minutes away from losing three consecutive home league games for the first time since 1979.
“I’m happy for Erik, but of course not happy for myself,” Frank said. “When you are on this end, it is brutal.
“The first half was close to perfect. We pressed high, we were aggressive. We were good on the counter and gave nothing away. In the second half we [were under] a little bit more pressure.
“Especially the way [the defeat] happens. If they score in the 80th and 87th [minute] it would still be disappointing. [With a draw], at least we get something for our hard work.”