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Manchester United lose their second match of the season

By Harry Smith

Manchester United lose their second match of the season

Erik ten Hag's era has started on the wrong foot after losing his first two matches in charge

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This might be one of the most embarrassing performances of a Manchester United squad in history. After Brighton took them by surprise last week on the opening fixture of the Premier League season, everybody expected today that the team would have shown character in order to get their first three points of the campaign.

An absolutely shocking first half from the Red Devils as Brentford had complete control of the ball and the game. Two mistakes from David De Gea left the team losing 2-0 after just 18 minutes. After that, it was just bad defending from the players who couldn’t believe what was happening. Not one single player was good during the first 45 minutes.

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At half-time, Erik ten Hag made three substitutions from the beginning: Raphael Varane, Tyrell Malacia, and Scott McTominay came in for Lisandro Martínez, Luke Shaw, and Fred. Even though those modifications didn’t change the formation, they definitely helped the team show a new face for the second half.

In a dark moment, Tyrell Malacia became the light for Manchester United fans. He proved that he should be starting over Luke Shaw for all the upcoming matches. The 22-year-old left-back was the only one who looked like he cared about the game. He was running all over the place and didn’t hesitate to speak up to his new teammates when they did something wrong.

Change needs to happen now

If these first two results of the Premier League campaign have proven anything is that the club’s owners need to back the manager with some new signings. But not whatever player that is available. It should only be the right player that the manager specifically asks for. Most importantly, a lot of players should be sold immediately, even if it means losing money. Very few of them deserve to wear the shirt.

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