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Manchester United painfully exposed in four-goal first-half by Thomas Frank’s Brentford

The Red Devils have put in one of their worst first-half performances in recent years after being blitz by Thomas Frank’s Bees


Manchester United are having a season to forget in the early doors of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign after being blitzed for four first-half goals on their trip to London to clash with Thomas Frank’s Brentford.

Goals from Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee, and Bryan Mbeumo have thrown the Red Devils into disarray as Erik ten Hag is already feeling the pressure as the new headmaster at United after his arrival from AFC Ajax this summer.

It was only the third time that the Red Devils have surrendered four goals or more in the first half in the last six seasons, with Ten Hag already feeling the room closing around him after their poor start to the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend in a 2-0 loss to Graham Potter’s Brighton.

To make matters worse, per half-time match coverage on NBCSN, Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Lyle, and former United goalkeeper Tim Howard described the current state of affairs under Ten Hag as a “traveling circus,” with what is shaping up to be another embarrassing performance under a manager that was meant to usher in the right sort of change at the Theatre of Dreams.

Should the overall result hold come full-time at Brentford Community Stadium, it would be seven away losses in succession for United dating back to last season, breaking a record of six consecutive defeats that had not been seen since 1981 before the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.

With questions still being asked regarding to the club’s poor record this summer in the transfer market after missing out on a host of wanted targets, including the desperate nature in which they have continued to chase Barcelona star, Frenkie de Jong.

It is now painfully clear that the rot has begun to take root at Old Trafford, irrespective of the man on the touchline or what players are brought into the senior setup, but the club must act fast given their date with Liverpool next weekend that - at the time of writing - seems set to pile on more misery.


Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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