50 min: Sancho sends a easy cross out for a nook on the left. Nothing’s going proper for United. The ensuing set piece is labored in the direction of Hickey on the far stick. Hickey threads a shot in the direction of the underside proper. De Gea kicks away to keep away from being overwhelmed at his close to publish. Toney then blazes over the bar.
48 min: United then go to sleep on the ensuing throw, and are fortunate Toney’s cross is not any good.
47 min: Mbeumo has the ball out on the left. He’s bought Toney and Dasilva free within the center. United are tremendous lucky that Varane is switched on, and comes throughout to dam the cross. Brentford would have been in in any other case.
Brentford get the second half underway. United have made three modifications. Shaw, Martinez and Fred are hooked; Malacia, Varane and McTominay are on.
Brimming half-time postbag. Oh it’s brimming all proper.
“Positively psychedelic, Scott?! I’m having dangerous journey flashbacks to the 73-74 relegation season” – Justin Kavanagh.
“I don’t like what I’m (not) seeing from Ten Hag as this implosion unfolds, why is he sitting nonetheless within the dugout as a substitute of ripping into these gamers on the touchline, and the way has he not taken off a few of these clowns but?” – Michael Moore.
“Daring prediction: Ronaldo launches right into a tirade at halftime and in a misguided try to exert management, Ten Haag takes him off” – Ted Graves.
“All we want now’s the Philippe Albert-style lob of the goalkeeper” – Mike Cormack.
“Seems Spinal Faucet’s newest drummer, Erik Ten Haag, was killed by a swarm of bees. Sadly you may’t mud for honey” – Niall Mullen.
“Effectively, I knew my Everton boys could be in a relegation battle however I by no means envisioned having a five-goal differential, and counting, lead on Man U. Welcome to the gutter CR7” – Mary Waltz.
“Wanting ahead to seeing how Jonathan Wilson pins this on Ronaldo” – Kevin Simons.
United take care of the nook in competent trend, an ironic finish to an outrageous half of soccer. As woeful as United have been, Brentford have been great. A crew versus a rabble. A stern Erik ten Hag disappears down the tunnel at pace. Ronaldo trudges off pensively. You’d pay money cash to be a fly on the wall within the United dressing room. The place’s the Amazon Prime crew if you want them?
45 min +4: Brentford ship an extended free kick into the United field. Fernandes heads out for a nook.
45 min +3: Eriksen sends a floated free kick into the field. Straightforward for Raya.
45 min +2: Hickey shoulder barges Ronaldo, who executes an Olympic commonplace triple salchow whereas falling to the bottom. He needs Hickey booked, but it surely’s only a free kick.
45 min +1: The primary of 4 added minutes sees Raya choose a Shaw cross out of the air.
45 min: Brentford ping it round. The house followers indulge themselves with some olés. Some first-half olés.
44 min: Fernandes seems to ship a roller into the top-right nook. It’s at all times heading excessive and large, however within the context of their abject first-half efficiency, it’s by far the very best United have needed to supply.
43 min: United push Brentford again and probe down each wings. However Brentford maintain their form diligently, and there’s no means by.
41 min: Rashford dribbles down the inside-left channel and into the Brentford field, however there’s no person within the center, and Roerslev is giving him no area to shoot. The ball squirts by to Raya. As for Ronaldo telling everybody what’s what through the break? “It’s solely attainable Ronaldo will depart at half time as a substitute,” quips Jeff Obligatory.
39 min: After some remedy, and loads of chilly water, Rashford will get again up, good to go once more.
38 min: Fernandes pings a cross down the inside-left channel. Rashford chases after it. Raya comes out of his space and shoulders the ball away from the United man, earlier than taking a relaxed contact and blootering away from hazard. Rashford stays down.
36 min: Ten Hag seems totally perplexed. Staring into the space. Nothing to inform his troops. He can’t consider what’s unfolding on the market.
Jensen calmly dispossesses Sancho in his personal field. The ball’s launched for a fast counter. Toney romps down the left, earlier than slipping the ball infield for Mbeumo. He’s bought a yard on the one defender left within the sport. Shaw thinks about taking him down, however he’d get despatched off. As an alternative, Mbeumo holds off his man, and slots powerfully into the underside left. This isn’t simply surreal, it’s positively psychedelic!
33 min: Eriksen dribbles down the proper however his cross is definitely blocked. A smattering of boos, however no person’s notably energised by it. The house crowd produce other issues to shout about. “Christian, what’s the rating?” they trill.
32 min: Martinez was so simply outfought by Mee there. A penny for Ronaldo’s ideas. You could be positive he’ll have a number of issues to say at half-time.
This can be a fiasco from United’s perspective, great from Brentford. The nook’s hit lengthy from the proper. Toney heads the ball again throughout from the left. On the right-hand publish, Mee stoops however nonetheless beats Martinez and faucets a header house from a yard out. The entire color has drained from Erik ten Hag’s face.
30 min: The free kick’s hit lengthy. Maguire wrestles Jansson to the ground. Hickey wins a nook out on the proper. And from that …
29 min: Jensen curls the free kick in the direction of a bunch on the far stick. De Gea punches clear. Dasilva retrieves the ball and wins a free kick out on the left flank. One other alternative for Brentford to populate the United field.
28 min: Hickey dribbles in from the proper and is introduced down by Fernandes, close to the right-hand nook of the United field. Brentford load it.
27 min: The sport restarts with a aim kick for United. Will they attempt to play out once more? Nope. De Gea launches it. Ten Hag seems perplexed and none too pleased.
25 min: … and that’s drinks. Thomas Frank will get out the ways board. Erik ten Hag in contrast stands inventory nonetheless, palms on hips, briefly looking at an imaginary object 1,000 yards within the distance. He lastly snaps out of it and addresses his rattled crew.
24 min: United stroke it round a bit, to little or no impact. Rashford competes for a ball coming in from the proper; Hickey calmly shepherds it out for a aim kick. “Who would have thought that reappointing Maguire as captain and constructing a defence round him, then asking de Gea to play out utilizing his toes would lead to a shambles?” asks Adam Roberts, as a result of anyone needed to.
22 min: The Brentford followers are having fun with this. “You’re getting sacked within the morning,” they sing. On the touchline, Erik ten Hag has the great grace to look very involved.
20 min: Ronaldo tries to make one thing occur down the opposite finish. He drifts in from the proper and makes an attempt the spectacular. His effort is at all times lacking excessive and large left. Ronaldo is likely to be livid; his team-mates simply look shell-shocked.
19 min: BREAKING NEWS: Ronaldo is fuming. It’s breaking information, but it surely’s not stunning information, is it.
From the aim kick, Martinez and De Gea attempt to cross out from the again. Eriksen is straight away stripped of possession on the sting of the field by Jensen, who adjusts himself earlier than sweeping a shot into the underside left. United are a shambles.
17 min: Jensen hoicks the free kick over the bar. However irrespective of, as a result of …
16 min: Eriksen dallies on the ball and Toney goes barrelling off with it, straight down the center. On the sting of the D, Maguire comes from behind and cleans him out. A free kick, however solely a yellow, as a result of fortuitously for the United captain, Martinez had reacted effectively once more, and was in shut attendance.
15 min: Brentford ping the ball round in assured fashion. They slip it large proper for Dasilva, whose low drilled cross practically finds Toney on the penalty spot. Martinez reacts effectively to poke clear, with Toney making ready to brush a shot goalwards.
13 min: That was an appalling error from De Gea. A penny for the ideas of a sure Nottingham-based goalkeeper. In the meantime Ronaldo is claiming a foul within the build-up, however Jensen seemed to have stripped him of possession effectively.
11 min: United attempt to reply instantly, however Fernandes hoicks a long-distance effort an extended distance over the bar.
Brentford swarm United after the aim kick is taken. Ronaldo loses possession, then Dasilva, striding down the inside-right channel, threads a speculative effort in the direction of the underside proper from 20 yards. It ought to be a simple declare for De Gea, however the keeper permits the ball to squirt by his palms and into the nook. Oh my, what an error.
9 min: A free kick for Brentford out on the proper. They’ll certainly lump it in … however Jensen and Norgaard over-elaborate. An intricate training-ground transfer breaks down, and the ball rolls out apologetically for a aim kick.
8 min: Hickey and Shaw compete for a free ball. Shaw is a nanosecond later to the scene. For a second, it seems as if the referee goes to brandish yellow, however there wasn’t a lot in it, and a talking-to will suffice.
6 min: Mbeumo sends the nook in from the proper. It’s solely half cleared, permitting Henry to take a shot from lengthy vary. The ball sails miles over the bar. Early indicators, although, that the United defence, smaller than the typical, can be recurrently examined beneath a number of excessive balls.
5 min: A throw for Brentford deep in United territory from the proper. Jensen flings it in. Some pinball. The United defence panics. Eriksen takes cost and pokes out for a nook.
4 min: United are seeing extra of the ball throughout these early exchanges. Fernandes feeds Ronaldo down the within proper. Ronaldo takes a whack from distance. It’s a simple collect for Raya.
2 min: After a busy ping-pong begin, United put the primary transfer of the afternoon collectively. Rashford turns into area and feeds Ronaldo down the center. Ronaldo goes over within the basic environs of Mee, and desires a free kick simply outdoors the field, however he’s not getting one.
United get the ball rolling. A incredible environment at a sweltering Gtech Neighborhood Stadium.
The groups are out! Brentford buzz round of their crimson and white stripes, whereas United’s designers present loads of devilment by sending their males out in neon lime. We’ll be off in a few sweat-soaked minutes!
Erik ten Hag speaks to Sky. “We’ve issues with numbers in offence, however Ronaldo has had two weeks in coaching, and is at all times a menace to attain targets. The second half final week, when he got here on, it made a distinction, so I count on that immediately as effectively. Within the second half we performed rather well. We’ve to react.”
Sky presenter Kelly Cates asks Brentford boss Thomas Frank how the “extraordinary” warmth will have an effect on the match. His forecast: “Each groups will attempt to play with as a lot depth as attainable, however I’m not doubtful that there can be spells when each groups attempt to relaxation a little bit bit, earlier than being able to go once more.”
Pre-match postbag o’pessimism. “He’s taking part in Fred?” splutters John Reed. “Should be a misprint. I scored Fred 1/10 final week and that was beneficiant.”
David Wall in the meantime is taking part in an extended sport. “Folks at United are saying that ten Haag has to, and can be, given time. However suppose they lose right here. They’ll clearly lose at house to Liverpool, after which Leicester and Southampton are locations that they’ve struggled to win at in recent times. Then it could be a resurgent Arsenal who’re beginning to appear like a harmful and resilient facet once more. Will that persistence stay in the event that they go a few months with out successful? And may it?”
A technique or one other, we might come again to reassess these conversational gambits at full time.
Brentford make two modifications to the XI named for his or her opening-day draw at Leicester. Mads Roerslev and Josh Dasilva exchange Yoane Wissa and Vitaly Janelt, each of whom drop to the bench.
Simply the one change for Manchester United from Erik ten Hag’s first aggressive choice final week in opposition to Brighton. Cristiano Ronaldo replaces Scott McTominay, who takes a seat on the bench. Christian Eriksen faces his outdated crew.
Brentford: Raya, Hickey, Jansson, Mee, Henry, Roerslev, Norgaard, Jensen, Mbeumo, Toney, Dasilva.
Subs: Wissa, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Strakosha, Lewis-Potter, Damsgaard, Baptiste, Janelt, Sorensen.
Manchester United: de Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Martinez, Shaw, Eriksen, Fred, Fernandes, Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford.
Subs: Malacia, Varane, Heaton, Wan-Bissaka, van de Beek, Elanga, Garner, McTominay, Garnacho.
Referee: Stuart Attwell.
Manchester United is probably not excellent in the mean time, however they continue to be without end field workplace. Final weekend’s pitiful show at house to Brighton has cranked up the stress on Erik ten Hag after one match in cost – I do know, I do know, however that is life in 2022 – and a second successive defeat, whereas virtually unthinkable in the beginning of the brand new supervisor’s supposed honeymoon interval, is way from unlikely.
In contrast, Brentford began their sophomore season within the Premier League with a spirited two-goal comeback to salvage some extent at Leicester. Accordingly, their spirits are excessive, whereas the expectation as minnows is low. None of which serves to assist the guests, who really want to get one thing tonight forward of subsequent week’s sport with Liverpool. Nevertheless, say what you’ll about this United crew, however they typically produced an enormous consequence when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actually wanted one. Can they supply comparable succour for his or her new boss? After final week’s debacle, they actually owe him one thing. Kick off is at 5.30pm. It’s on!