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Erik ten Hag “feels sorry” for Man United fans as he slams Premier League decision



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Erik ten Hag has admitted that he “feels sorry” for Manchester United supporters who will have difficulties travelling home from their Premier League fixture vs Brentford.

The Reds return to action against The Bees at 8pm (GMT) on Saturday evening, a kick-off time that was introduced in the Premier League this season.

So far this term, United have played at this particular kick-off time three times in the league, all of which were away from home.

Trips to Burnley, Newcastle and Sheffield United, however, would have provided fewer issues than the upcoming game against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.

When the new kick-off time was introduced, initial worries were related to long amounts of travelling for match-going fans. Now, United’s supporters will need to find their way home from London as Saturday moves into Sunday this weekend.

“I feel very sorry for them,” Ten Hag admitted when discussing the issue. “I don’t think it is right.

“We are grateful that they are there. We know they will come with a lot, it will be sold out in the area of Manchester United.

“So we have to give them the win. We have to give them the right performance for them and I feel sorry for them that it is difficult to travel back to Manchester.”

A victory is needed for the supporters, but also for United’s hopes of securing Champions League football next term.

Currently, United sit six points behind Spurs and nine away from Aston Villa, although they have a game-in-hand on Unai Emery’s side.