Poor performance after poor performance, Manchester United are still finding ways to disappoint. Traveling to Brentford, a week after the missed entry against Brighton (1-2), the Red Devils did very well this Saturday afternoon. Lost on the lawn, they suffered a terrible humiliation, without showing the slightest sign of revolt in the heart of the storm (0-4). Even before mid-August, Erik ten Hag and his family are already in a hurry.
Shocking first period
Cristiano Ronaldo may have been back in the eleven, but the nightmare didn’t take long to take shape. Control of the ball was only an illusion a few minutes before the immense defensive feverishness of the Mancunians was exposed. On a timid first foray from Brentford, David De Gea was guilty of a rough handling fault after a harmless shot from Josh Dasilva (10th). The Spanish goalkeeper then embarrassed Christian Eriksen by delivering a poisoned full-axis recovery. Taken by the pressing of Mathias Jensen, the Dane lost the ball and saw his compatriot plant the goal of the break (18th).
The sinking continued on a corner at half an hour into the game. After a discount from Ivan Toney, Ben Mee was ahead of Lisandro Martinez at close range (31st). And when the Red Devils pushed to save face, they cracked again. In just two passes after a loss of ball from Jadon Sancho in their area, the Bees stung a fourth time thanks to Bryan Mbeumo at the conclusion of a supersonic counter (35th).
As haggard as his players, Erik ten Hag tried to shake everyone up with a triple change at the break. His choice only stemmed the bleeding in an already bent game, in which off-target attempts from Ronaldo and Eriksen were the only dangerous attacks from an already worrying Manchester United.