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Manchester United suffered a huge loss against Brentford in the ongoing Premier League 2022-23 season on Saturday. The Red Devils lost the match 0-4 via a drubbing and all of the four goals had come in the first half. It is important to note that United had also lost their opening fixture of the season, and the result against Brentford has made the matters worse for the club. It all started with the blunder made by goalkeeper David de Gea as he let a long-range shot from Joshua Dasilva slip by him.
Shortly afterwards, Mathias Jensen helped Brentford go 2-0 up and Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo also put their names on the scoring sheet to help Brentford go 4-0 up inside 35 minutes. This poor display by United led to the side being ridiculed on social media. Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore said that the club has been neglected by the ownership who put corporate over football.
The jubilant home support taunted Ten Hag with chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning.”
But the Dutch coach has inherited a rubble rather than being the root cause as United lost a seventh consecutive away league match for the first time since 1936.
“We all have seen the game. I think Brentford were more hungry and we conceded goals to individual mistakes,” said Ten Hag. “You can have a good plan but that puts the plan in the bin.”
United have now conceded four goals or more seven times in the Premier League since the start of last season.
Here is a look at how things stand:
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The arrival of $69 million centre-back Lisandro Martinez from Ajax showed no difference to change up United’s weak defence and questions will be asked of why Ten Hag has left Raphael Varane on the bench in favour of the Argentine and the out-of-sorts Harry Maguire.
“It was a horrible day,” said De Gea. “I feel like I cost the team.”
United host Liverpool, who beat their historic rivals 5-0 and 4-0 last season, in their next game on August 22.