Premier League match report Brentford v Manchester United 13 August 2022

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Manchester United had a day to forget after going down 4-0 to Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Man United manager Erik ten Hag recalled Cristiano Ronaldo to lead the line alongside Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho upfront while Scott McTominay dropped to the bench.

The Red Devils had a poor start after Brentford grabbed the lead just ten minutes in thanks to a howler by goalkeeper David de Gea, who let a low strike by Josh DaSilva go past his gloves.

Thomas Frank's charges did not give United time to build from the back with a high press and forced an error eight minutes later after Mathias Jensen hurried Christian Eriksen facing his own goal in the box and smashed a strike past De Gea.

United looked shaky at the back, as they struggled to play out of their own half and they the Bees took a 3-0 lead on the half-hour mark from a corner-kick after Ben Mee headed home Ivan Toney's knockdown from close-range.

The Red Devils pushed numbers forward and were punished five minutes later after Bryan Mbeumo raced through on goal from a diagonal pass around the defence by Toney and beat De Gea to make it 4-0.

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Ten Hag refreshed his side with three changes at half-time, as McTominay replaced Fred, Tyrell Malacia came on for Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane took the place of Lisandro Martinez.

United were better going forward after that as Ronaldo had two opportunities in quick succession from Diogo Dalot's crosses but he guided the first just wide of the near post and another over the crossbar.

The Red Devils increased their tempo of attacks and Eriksen had a chance to get a goal back 22 minutes before time after yet another cross by Dalot but his effort was smothered by shot-stopper David Raya.

However, the Bees managed the game better in the closing stages, with multiple changes for fresh legs but United nearly got a consolation goal in the last nine minutes after Eriksen flashed a volley just wide from a rebound in the box.

Brentford nearly made it 5-0 in the dying minutes from a corner after Frank Onyeka fired a first-time strike from the edge of the box that was parried away by De Gea and the home side held on to record a rampant and famous win.