Thomas Frank said he was “unbelievably proud” of his Brentford side after they “absolutely destroyed” Manchester United in the first half but ended up losing 3-1 at the Community Stadium.
The Bees failed to take their chances – Mathias Jensen was the biggest culprit – before United opened up a three-goal lead with goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
Ivan Toney netted a late consolation for Brentford, who remain 14th in the Premier League table – 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
Boss Frank said: “I’m unbelievably proud of the team. I think the way we absolutely destroyed Man United in the first half is very, very impressive.
“We had six chances and they had zero. We played the Brentford way; aggressive and front-footed, positive and wanting to take the ball forward.
“It’s a miracle they were not 2-0 down at half-time. In the second half they scored with their first chance and that changed the momentum of the game.
“I’m proud. My boys always keep fighting and keep running and they did that to the very end.”
United boss Ralph Rangnick admitted the visitors were fortunate to have been level at half-time after being “second best”.
Brentford were “extremely aggressive and extremely brave,” Rangnick added.