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Brentford v Manchester United: Premier League – Live! | Eredivisie
August 13, 2022
27 minutes: The game resumed with a goal kick for United. Will they try to play again? No. De Gea launches it. Ten Hag looks bewildered and not too happy.
25 minutes: … and those are drinks. Thomas Frank pulls out the tactics board. Erik ten Hag, on the other hand, stands dead still, hands on hips, staring briefly at an imaginary object 1000 meters away. He finally comes out and turns to his rattling team.
24 minutes: United stroked it a bit, with very little effect. Rashford competes for a ball coming from the right; Hickey calmly manages for a goal kick. “Who would have thought that renaming Maguire captain and building a defense around him, then asking De Gea to play out with his feet, would result in a mess?” asks Adam Roberts, because someone had to.
22 minutes: The Brentford fans love this. “You’ll be fired tomorrow morning,” they sing. On the sidelines, Erik ten Hag has the good grace to look very concerned.
20 minutes: Ronaldo, on the other hand, is trying to make something happen. He drifts in from the right and tries the spectacular. His bet always misses high and wide left. Ronaldo may be furious; his teammates just look shocked.
19 minutes:IMPORTANT NEWS: Ronaldo is smoking. It’s breaking news, but it’s not surprising news, anyway.
GOAL! Brentford 2-0 Manchester United (Jensen 18)
From the goal kick, Martinez and De Gea try to pass out from behind. Eriksen is immediately stripped of possession on the edge of the penalty area by Jensen, who adjusts before firing a shot into the bottom left corner. United is a mess.
17 minutes: Jensen chops the free kick over the bar. But it doesn’t matter because…
16 minutes: Eriksen challenges the ball and Toney walks away with it, straight down the middle. At the edge of the D, Maguire comes from behind and clears him. A free kick, but only a yellow, as luckily for the United captain, Martinez had reacted well again and was close behind.
15 minutes: Brentford pings the ball in confident style. They slide it wide to the right for Dasilva, whose low drilled crotch finds Toney almost on the penalty spot. Martinez responds well to poke clear as Toney prepares to sweep a shot toward the goal.
13 minutes: That was an appalling mistake by De Gea. A penny for the thoughts of a certain Nottingham goalkeeper. Meanwhile, Ronaldo claims a foul in the build-up, but Jensen appeared to have effectively stripped him of possession.
11 minutes: United try to react immediately, but Fernandes cuts a long-distance attempt over the bar from great distance.
GOAL! Brentford 1-0 Manchester United (Dasilva 10)
Brentford swarms United out after the goal kick is taken. Ronaldo loses possession, then Dasilva strides through the channel to the right and makes a speculative attempt from 20 meters below right. It should be an easy claim for De Gea, but the keeper lets the ball shoot into the corner through his hands. Oh my, what a mistake.
9 minutes: A free kick for Brentford on the right. They will certainly lump it together… but Jensen and Norgaard elaborate too much. A complicated movement of the training ground is cut short and the ball rolls out apologetically for a goal kick.
8 minutes: Hickey and Shaw compete for a loose ball. Shaw is on the scene a nanosecond later. For a moment it seems as if the referee is going to wave yellow, but there was not much in it and a chat is enough.
6 minutes: Mbeumo sends in the corner from the right. It’s only half cleared, allowing Henry to take a long-range shot. The ball sails for miles over the bar. However, early signs that the United defence, smaller than average, will be regularly tested under some high balls.
5 minutes: A throw for Brentford deep into United territory from the right. Jensen throws it in. A pinball machine. The United defense panics. Eriksen takes the lead and sticks out for a corner.
4 minutes: United see more of the ball during these early exchanges. Fernandes feeds Ronaldo from the inside right. Ronaldo takes a whack from distance. It’s an easy meeting for Raya.
2 minutes: After a hectic ping-pong start, United put together the first move of the afternoon. Rashford turns into space and feeds Ronaldo through the middle. Ronaldo passes in the area of Mee, and wants a free kick just outside the box, but gets none.
United gets the ball rolling. A fantastic atmosphere in a sizzling Gtech Community Stadium.
The teams are out! Brentford buzzes around in their red-and-white stripes, while United’s designers show plenty of devilishness by sending their men in neon-lime. We’ll be leaving in a few sweat-soaked minutes!
Lecture before the competition.
Erik ten Hag speaks with Sky. “We have attacking problems with numbers, but Ronaldo has been in training for two weeks and is always a threat to score goals. The second half of last week, when he came on, made the difference, so I expect that too today. We played very well in the second half, we have to react.”
Sky presenter Kelly Cates asks Brentford boss Thomas Frank how the “extraordinary” heat will affect the match. His prediction: “Both teams will try to play with as much intensity as possible, but I have no doubt that there will be spells when both teams try to rest a bit before they are ready to go again.”
Pre-match postbag o’pessimism. “He’s playing Fred?” sputters John Reed. ‘It must be a misprint. I scored Fred 1/10 last week and that was generous.”
David Wall, meanwhile, is playing a long game. “People at United say that The Hague must and will have time. But suppose they lose here. They will of course lose at home to Liverpool, and then Leicester and Southampton are places where they have struggled to win in recent years. “It’s a resurgent Arsenal starting to look like a dangerous and resilient side again. Will that patience be maintained if they don’t win for a few months? And should they?”
Somehow we might come back to re-evaluate these conversational gambits full time.
Brentford is making two changes to the XI named after their opening day draw at Leicester. Mads Roerslev and Josh Dasilva replace Yoane Wissa and Vitaly Janelt, who both fall on the bench.
Just that one change for Manchester United from Erik ten Hag’s first competitive squad last week against Brighton. Cristiano Ronaldo replaces Scott McTominay, who takes a seat on the bench. Christian Eriksen faces his old team.
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 may not be very good at the moment, but they will remain at the box office forever. Last weekend’s appalling display at home against Brighton has increased the pressure on Erik ten Hag after a match at the helm – I know, I know, but this is life in 2022 – and a second consecutive defeat, though almost unthinkable at the start of the new manager’s alleged honeymoon, is far from improbable.
By contrast, Brentford kicked off their second season in the Premier League with a spirited two-goal comeback to save a point at Leicester. Accordingly, their spirits are high while the expectation as minnows is low. None of that helps the visitors, who really need something tonight before next week’s game with Liverpool. But say what you will about this United team, they often produced a great result when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really needed one. Can they offer similar help to their new boss? After last week’s debacle, they certainly owe him something. Kick-off is at 5:30 PM. It’s on!