Erik ten Hag awaits the first win of his reign as Manchester United travel to west London in the Premier League this evening. The Dutchman’s Old Trafford tenure could hardly have got off to a worse start on opening weekend, with last term’s ugly issues rearing their head once again despite a promising pre-season as they slumped to a nightmare 2-1 home defeat by Brighton amid more fan protests against the Glazers’ ownership.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the United starting XI here, while Christian Eriksen faces a swift reunion with the club he left after the end of his short-term contract last month. Brentford began the 2022-23 campaign with a rousing 2-2 comeback draw at Leicester and will be hoping that newest recruit Mikkel Damsgaard can play some part in this fixture.
United have never started a season in the Premier League era with successive losses, while Brentford have not beaten today’s opponents since way back in 1938. Follow Brentford vs Manchester United LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, featuring expert analysis from Malik Ouzia at the Gtech Community Stadium!
McTominay, Varane and Malacia on for Martinez, Shaw and Fred as ten Hag rings the changes.
Betfair – First Premier League manager to leave their post
Ralph Hassenhuttle 2/1
Frank Lampard 4/1
Erik ten Hag – 13/2 (from 33/1 before the first game of the season)
Brendan Rodgers 9/1
Stephen Gerrard 9/1
Betfair – Half Time match odds
Man United 80/1
In a sense at least…
HT: Brentford 4-0 Manchester United
The focus will naturally be on Manchester United, though its important not to ignore Brentford.
They’ve punished every single mistake, executing their game-plan to perfection.
Malik Ouzia at the Gtech Community Stadium
There are Oles before half-time. From Brentford fans. Against Manchester United. And they are completely justified.
Where does ten Hag go from here?
38:00 – Where do they go? How do they sign? Can they sign them?
So many questions…
GOAL! Brentford 4-0 Man United
35:00 – United all at sea AGAIN as Mbeumo finishes a sizzling counter-attack.
GOAL! Brentford 3-0 Man United | Ben Mee’29
29:00 – Brentford get ANOTHER!
So poorly defended, United dominated in the air and Ben Mee heads in.
Corner after corner for Brentford
30:00 – United cannot get out. This is relentless from the home side.
De Gea not taking any more risks
26:00 – First goal-kick since the second goal, De Gea is not prepared to play short nad instead goes long.