Manchester United’s impressive start to the Premier League continued in 30 years when rain fell.
And the rainy season could set in at Old Trafford ahead of a tough clash with fierce rivals Liverpool next week.
United were keen to win against Brentford on Sunday morning (AEST) after losing their season opener at home to Brighton.
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But disaster struck in a 4-0 first-half riot at the Gatec Community Stadium, with goalkeeper David De Gea putting the Bees ahead.
It’s safe to say few saw that coming.
As the half-time whistle signaled time-outs and insight for the Red Devils, manager Erik ten Haag was as shocked as the rest of the world.
The damage was done by that point, though, for a second time without a result as United slumped to the bottom of the Premier League table for the first time in 30 years.
It was the first time United had lost seven straight league games since 1936 and Brentford’s biggest win in the top division since 1938.
Premier League greats Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp have reached boiling point after their atrocious displays as the scale of the defeat added further chaos to the club’s drama.
“Right now, it’s really frustrating. There’s no leadership, there’s no voice, you can’t blame the player or the manager, you have to look up and look to the top.” Neville said. Sky Sports.
“This week, those players, the coach, the sports department, the new CO – they’re all going to be peppered. But there are families in America who let their employees take all the success away from them—and that’s unforgivable.
Disappointment, shock and disappointment were heard across the country as the UK’s leading football writers weighed in on the reality of the English giants’ face – if they still deserve that moniker.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was at the helm of the Red Devils until then; Because poor behavior saw the former United star sacked.
Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, the other two managers who showed so much promise before they were sacked, still haven’t sunk as low as Erik ten Haag after just two games.
Ten Hague became the first United manager since John Chapman in 1921 to lose his first two league games.
Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton told BBC United that they were “relieved”, while Sky Sports pundit Karen Carney believes the club “can’t go any lower”.
Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes matters at the famous club have been getting worse over the years.
Shearer added that the Red Devils are “miles away” from the level they should be playing at – and even hinted at recent speculation about a shock move for 33-year-old striker Marko Arnautovic.
“I’m sure someone at Man United has leaked the story about (Marko) Arnautovic, just to see what the reaction is,” Shearer said. Match of the day.
I think that kind of sums up where United are.
“It will take time and an unbelievable amount of money to get things right at a football club and in terms of the right recruitment and it will require a lot of patience from Manchester United fans. Where you are now is miles away from where you want to be.
Telegraph’s Jim White didn’t mince words when he analyzed United’s “humiliation”. This is the worst performance we have ever seen at the club.
“In over 50 years of watching Manchester United, this performance against Brentford was the worst I have ever seen,” White wrote.
“Dave Sexton’s terrible days, the misery of the David Moyes era, the negativity of Louis van Gaal, all seemed like halcyon days compared to this performance.
“No joy, no cohesion, no spirit: this was a team in name only, the kind of performance Frankie de Jong gave on the phone, instructing his agent to fast-track what Chelsea wanted.”
“Mistakes happen. But it was the reaction to that setback that spoke volumes for what was going on at Old Trafford. Instead of launching the comeback that once characterized the club, United folded.
“Everywhere they seem unhappy, desperate and downtrodden.”
Goalkeeper David De Gea, once regarded as one of the world’s best players in his position, has had a forgettable run that is becoming a key issue at the club.
The Guardian’s Jonathan Wilson said that while De Gea is still a “very good shot-stopper”, his inability to play the ball at his feet is a problem.
Can you play at the back with De Gea? Despite Saturday’s ruckus, De Gea is still a superb shot-maker, which is why he was named United’s Player of the Year for a fourth time last season,” Wilson wrote.
But there’s a reason he hasn’t played for Spain since October 2020 and why he’s fallen behind Brentford’s David Raya in the pecking order.
“The ball just doesn’t fit them. He completed just 71.3% of his shots last season. In comparison, Ederson completed 88.1% and Alisson 87.1%.
“While this is true, partly because De Gea was encouraged to play long balls, De Gea was one of the reasons United played more long balls.
“It’s a big problem for United. De Gea has been one of the few United players to show consistency in recent years, but tackling balls at his feet will see them transition to a more modern style.
“This is probably the biggest concern for United. This is supposed to be Hag’s honeymoon period of ten, but already the club is under threat from shock at how much of a shambles it is… and they’ve got Liverpool next.
The Athletic’s Adam Crafton said of his arrival at United: “Every week is a new shock.”
“At halftime, Brentford, who had not beaten Manchester United since 1938, led their rivals. And this was beyond leadership. This was 4-0 and I deserved it,” Crafton wrote.
“It was frenzy in the press box. Brentford fans also opened their mouths and clashed.
“They taunted their United opponents by saying they were going down against Fulham. Fulham may be disappointed by the comparison, with two points to zero against United after two games.
The Red Devils are at a crossroads after failing to sign Arnautovic and other players in the English summer.
Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford for what feels like forever, although Chelsea have since emerged as another possible destination.
According to the BBC, United spent 672 million pounds ($1.14 billion) after winning the last major Europa League trophy in 2017.
So far in the transfer window, United have signed Tyrrell Malassian, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez.
Club great Rio Ferdinand has told Ten Hague he is “sad” after a failed transfer window has so far failed to add key players to a struggling squad.
“I don’t feel sorry for the players,” Ferdinand said. I feel sorry for Ten Hag,” he said. Vibe with five Podcast.
“It is coming under false pretenses. He is waiting for new signatories.
“He might be sitting there saying, ‘I’ve been sold a dummy here. I didn’t know I was coming here.’
“This is an untenable situation at the moment because it’s so bad, so scary.
“I mean we’re only two games back, but we’re two games behind what happened last season.
“I don’t blame Ten Hag at this point. You can choose his group or whatever, but this is a big problem, a wide problem. “
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes, meanwhile, has been accused by the former Premier League striker of “getting away with murder” on the football pitch.
Gabi Agbonlahor blasted the Portuguese star on a famous British radio station talkSPORT.
“For me, since Fernandez was in the Premier League, yes he had good stats, goals and assists, but he seems to be the worst teammate,” Agbonlagore said.
“Every time a player gives, every time he gives, he throws his hand to his teammates, raises his hand.
“I’ve played with players like him, you get frustrated with him. It loads now and then. If that was Paul Pogba, they would kill Pogba in the media.
“Fernandez got away with murder. Did you see Fernandes doing something? (Harry) Maguire, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Marcus) Rashford, (Jadon) Sancho is easy to say.”
The Red Devils finished sixth in the 2021/22 Premier League season, 35 points behind champions Manchester City, failing to qualify for this year’s Champions League.
French journalist Julien Laurence has criticized United’s transfer strategy even though they seem to be trying to sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus.
“They’re not helping themselves,” Lawrence said BBC Radio 5 Live EuroLeague Podcast.
“The lack of a transfer strategy, not only now but after Fergie[Sir Alex Ferguson]left, is not only confusing but disgusting.
The club reached a new level when the non-league side threw a jab, right after United’s horrendous defeat.
Oldham Athletic chairman Frank Rothwell was interviewed after the 3-2 win at Dorking Wanderers, where he took the opportunity to have a dig.
“Do you know what’s going on at United?” Rothwell said before starting to laugh.
Manchester United face rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Tuesday week and their future.