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Thomas Frank calls Manchester United ‘unbelievably lucky’ after Brentford defeat


Thomas Frank says Brentford ‘destroyed’ Manchester United in the first half (Getty)

Thomas Frank branded Manchester United ‘unbelievably lucky’ following Brentford’s 3-1 defeat on Wednesday evening.

Brentford were unable to capitalise during a brilliant first-half display in which several saves from David De Gea kept United in the game.

United improved after half time and Anthony Elanga’s second senior goal gave Ralf Rangnick’s side the lead in the 55th minute.

Mason Greenwood then doubled United’s lead before Marcus Rashford scored for the first time since October to put Rangnick’s side 3-0 ahead.

Ivan Toney netted a late consolation for Brentford, but Frank was left to rue his side’s missed chances and claims his players ‘destroyed’ United in the first half.

‘Unbelievably proud of my team. We are the smallest club in the Premier League, Manchester United the biggest,’ Frank told BT Sport.

‘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.

‘They are unbelievably lucky. I know all the stuff about taking chances. They changed the system against little Brentford.

Marcus Rashford scored to complete Manchester United’s win over Brentford (REX/Shutterstock)

‘One of those nights, David de Gea… fair play to him, if we get those chances again one will go in the back of the net.

‘Our intensity killed them, we showed that in the first half, we pressed them, we defended low, we played the Brentford way in the first half.

‘Of the three goals, the second is most disappointing and difficult to come back from.

‘The way we smashed them in the first half was fantastic, so very pleased and proud of my team.’

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