After Cristiano Ronaldo made his first start of the 2022-23 season on Saturday for Manchester United, the Red Devils were defeated by Brentford by a score of 4-0, which sent them to the bottom of the early standings in the Premier League.
David de Gea made the typical error that started United’s disastrous afternoon by letting a weak shot from Josh Dasilva go through his hands and into the back of the net 10 minutes into the match. United’s afternoon went downhill from there.
The sloppy United defence allowed another goal to be scored eight minutes later, which quadrupled the team’s deficit.
After a poor pass by De Gea, former Brentford player Christian Eriksen, who was booed by the home fans earlier in the match, was harried out of possession by Mathias Jensen. The midfielder dummied and sent the United player the wrong way to slot home the winning goal.
The 2022-2023 season has started off poorly for Manchester United, as they have already dropped their first two matches.
At the thirty-minute mark, Brentford scored their third goal of the match. Ben Mee outfought Lisandro Martinez and headed the ball in from close range after Ivan Toney had headed a corner back across the goal after United’s defence had been rendered ineffective by more bad defending United.
The assault was resumed by Thomas Frank’s team, who scored their fourth goal exactly five minutes after the previous one.
Ivan Toney started a well-executed counterattack by passing the ball on to Brian Mbuemo, who shook off a challenge and shot the ball past De Gea. The goal was scored.
In his account of what transpired, De Gea referred to the day in question as “a dreadful day.” If I had been more diligent and remembered to save the first shot, the outcome might likely have been different. Also, if I had remembered to save the first shot, it would have been saved.
“Even if they are behind by one goal, there is still a chance that other clubs may come out on top with a score of 5-1. We must react in a manner that is significantly more efficient. Overall, everyone did a very bad job of representing themselves in the competition.”
It was the first time in the history of the Premier League that United’s opponent had outplayed them by four goals when they were competing away from their home stadium.
It was also the first time that United had been defeated by their opponent.
The group that was being led by Ten Hag was finally able to end their scoring drought in the second half of the game; however, they were unable to make the most of their chances, which would have provided them with the opportunity to recoup some of the pride that they had lost in the previous half of the game.
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This was Brentford’s first win over United in any competition since they defeated them 2-0 in the FA Cup back in February 1938.
The demolition was Brentford’s first win over United since then. Ten Hag, a former manager of Ajax, is the only United manager in almost a century to lose his first two matches in charge of the club.