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Thomas Frank has revealed the tactic that helped his team beat Manchester United

By Harry Smith

Thomas Frank has revealed the tactic that helped his team beat Manchester United

The Danish manager admitted that they wanted to take advantage of Lisandro Martínez's height 

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Brentford absolutely demolished Manchester United yesterday and made them look like a Championship side. Although the Bees are always a tough team to play against, everyone had United as their favorite to win the game days before the match happened. However, once the referee blew the whistle, it was a completely new story.

After the match, Brentford’s manager held a post-match interview with ‘Sky Sports’ and was asked if he and his team targeted Lisandro Martínez’s height: “We knew we would more likely either win it or the second ball around it. Of course we looked at what Brighton did well against them, and Brighton are also like us in the way they want to play”.

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Thomas Frank admitted that watching Brighton & Hove Albion modifying their play style last week in order to beat the Red Devils, made him change his tactics: “Normally Brighton always build up from the goalkeeper, but they went long every single time, so of course we looked at that. We knew we had that weapon so that’s why we did it”.

The Danish manager told his players to make some high pressing to the Manchester United defense, as he knew they are currently struggling to get the ball out with their feet from the back. This was clearly seen in the Bees’ second goal when they caused David De Gea and Christian Eriksen to lose the ball in their own area.

Something needs to change

If what Thomas Frank said yesterday is true, then Erik ten Hag has some work to do. One of his top targets for this summer was Lisandro Martínez because he was one of his more reliable players at Ajax. However, ever since the Argentinian stepped foot in England he has been made fun off because of his height. At 5 ft 9 in, he is one of the shortest centre-backs in the Premier League.

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