Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot said him and his team-mates remained focused and calmed despite being ‘destroyed’ by Brentford in the first half of their 3-1 resounding win.
Man United were outplayed by the Bees in the first half and forced David de Gea into action on several times.
In the second half, Anthony Elanga broke the deadlock in style, thanks to Fred for his brilliant assist.
A few minutes later, Mason Greenwood doubled United’s lead after Brentford came close to get the equaliser.
Marcus Rashford would replace Mason Greenwood in the 71st minute and wasted no time to get United’s third goal.
Late in the game, Ivan Tooney scored a consolation goal for Brentford after getting on the end of a loose ball inside United’s penalty box.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank said after the game that his side ‘absolutely destroyed’ Manchester United before the interval.
“We absolutely destroyed Manchester United in the first half,’ said Frank.
‘I’m unbelievably proud of my team. We are the smallest club in the Premier League, Manchester United the biggest.
“We destroyed them in the first half, they didn’t have a sniff, three huge chances and there could only have been one winner of this game.”
Diogo Dalot agrees that Manchester United were not good enough in the first half but maintains that United were calmed.
“We conceded too many counter-attacks in the first half and too many balls we shouldn’t have lost,” Dalot told MUTV
“It was a good reaction in the second half, we were more compact, more physical and more aggressive in the second balls, more clinical in the final third.
“We were calm in the dressing room, we knew we weren’t doing enough to win the game, we conceded some chances to the opponent that we shouldn’t but we knew what we needed to do.
“We had to be more aggressive on the second balls, more intense on the counter and clinical in the final third.”
Manchester United will host West Ham United on Saturday in the Premier League.
A win over the Hammers will take Man United one point ahead of 4th placed West Ham, who currently have 37 points from 22 matches.