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Brentford 4-0 Manchester United (Premier League): Erik ten Hag suffers yet another embarrassing defeat

Dylan Penketh

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Brentford 4-0 Manchester United (Premier League): Erik ten Hag suffers yet another embarrassing defeat

After a tragic defeat to Brighton, Manchester United faced Brentford in the Premier League in a second attempt to get their season under way.

After spending the match before on the bench, Cristiano Ronaldo started the fixture alongside Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, with new signing Christian Eriksen slotting in behind.

Before the match kicked off, Erik ten Hag spoke on Eriksen's creativity, saying: "He has to dominate the game, like everyone else. He can make the difference."

Manchester United were sporting their bright green third kit for the fixture, which in the sun looked a lot like a high-viz jacket.

The game ended 4-0 to Brentford, and is possibly the most humiliating and pathetic defeat in the club's history.

First half

The opening moments of the first half started fairly slowly, with Ronaldo having a pop at goal from range early on that was saved with ease. What followed shortly after was a howler from David de Gea, who let a routine shot slip straight through his hands into the net, allowing Josh Dasilva to score his second is as many appearances this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo against Brentford. (Man Utd)
Cristiano Ronaldo against Brentford. (Man Utd)

This was closely followed by a second, with Eriksen being pressured after a poorly chosen pass from De Gea, and Jensen slotting in the second.

The third went in through a corner routine, and a fourth from a counter attack which completely split the United XI into a million pieces.

The rest of the half consisted "You're not fit to wear the shirt" and "Glazers Out" chants, as well as a banner that read "Time 2 Go. Glazers Out".


Second half

Erik ten Hag looked to change things up in the second half by bringing on Scott McTominay, Raphael Varane and Tyrell Malacia for Luke Shaw, Fred and Lisandro Martinez.

The game was well over by the time the second half began.

Around the 60 minute mark, after 15 minutes of Brentford continuing to dominate, Anthony Elanga, who scored in this fixture last season, was brought on to replace Jadon Sancho.

The fixture continued to become more and more dull, with United showing zero signs of life as the game fizzled towards it's end.

Tyrell Malacia seemed the only player who either wanted to or was capable of creating any sort of Red Devil joy, working hard down his left hand flank to create chances and retain possession of the ball.

In an utterly pointless move, Donny van de Beek was substituted on in the 86th minute, and the game finished shortly after.

Erik ten Hag on the touchline as Manchester United face Brentford. (Man Utd)
Erik ten Hag on the touchline as Manchester United face Brentford. (Man Utd)

The result is absolutely pathetic, and nothing will ever truly change at Manchester United until the Glazer family sell their majority shares.

Featured Image Credit: Manchester United

Topics: Manchester United, Brentford, Premier League, Christian Eriksen, Erik Ten Hag, Cristiano Ronaldo

Dylan Penketh
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