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Dismal Manchester United disunited by Brentford

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Manchester United were abysmal in the first 45 minutes vs Brentford (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It has gone from bad to worse for erratic Manchester United as they were stunned 4-0 by Brentford.

The four first-half goals have handed Manchester United’s new head coach Erik ten Hag  a second consecutive defeat to open the season.

Josh Dasliva’s  10th-minute shot from the edge of the area squirmed through David de Gea’s  grasp and trickled over the line.

Brentford added a second eight minutes later, as Mathias Jensen  capitalised on another defensive mistake by United to fire into the bottom corner.

Ben Mee headed in to make it 3-0 on the half-hour, before Bryan Mbeumo  finished following a quick counter-attack to earn Brentford their first-ever top-flight win over the Red Devils.

In fact, it was Brentford’s first victory over Man Utd in any competition since a 2-0 FA Cup win in February 1938.

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It also means Man Utd have lost their opening two Premier League fixtures for the first time since the 1992/93 campaign.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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