David de Gea was at a loss to explain how Manchester United can ignite their season after they went down 4-0 at impressive Brentford in Saturday’s late game in the Premier League.
After losing their opener to Brighton, United were again lacklustre in defence as first-half goals from Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo sent the Bees in at the break holding an unprecedented advantage.
Erik ten Hag responded by making a triple change at half-time, bringing on Raphael Varane, Tyrell Malacia and Scott McTominay for Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez and Fred but the trio could do little to change the game.
The result marked United’s seventh straight away defeat in the Premier League and leaves them rock bottom of the table for the first time since 1992.
Ten Hag has also becomes the first manager since John Chapman in 1921 to lose his first two games in charge of United (33/1 Relegation).
Bees’ forward Ivan Toney praised the “hard work and togetherness” of his side but it was a different story for the visitors.
When quizzed how United can recover from their defeat ahead of the visit of Liverpool (10/3 Premier League Outright) on August 22, goalkeeper De Gea, who was at fault for the opener, admitted: “I’m not sure, to be honest.”
The day began with a first win of the season for Aston Villa as they triumphed 2-1 at home to Everton. Danny Ings put the hosts ahead, before Emi Buendia doubled the advantage after 85 minutes.
The game looked over but Lucas Digne’s own goal against his former club gave Everton hope, although they failed to force an equaliser.
In the three o’clock games, Manchester City (1/2 Premier league Outright) didn’t have to get out of second gear as they purred past Bournemouth 4-0.
Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden put them in control at the break before Jefferson Lerma put through his own net in the second half.
The one negative for Pep Guardiola may be that Erling Haaland struggled to consistently impact the game and the Spaniard appealed for patience as he continues to adapt.
“Erling plays the most difficult job in the world, when you are a striker against a team defending like Bournemouth with three central defenders and two players in front of them,” said Guardiola. “You are in the middle, how can you survive that?
“So it is difficult, we know. And we will find many of these situations, but it is just a little bit of (a) question of time.
“With the right movement and the right tempo, and with the quality of the players that we have behind him to assist him, we will find him – I don’t have any doubts about that.”
The result leaves the champions with a perfect six points from two games, the same as Arsenal (8/11 Top 4 Finish) who had former City man Gabriel Jesus to thank as he netted a brace in their 4-2 win over Leicester.
Jesus also added to assists and Mikel Arteta admitted that he “wouldn’t like to play against him”.
Elsewhere and Leeds squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Southampton, while Aleksandar Mitrovic saw a penalty saved by Jose Sa as Fulham’s trip to Wolves finished goalless.
It was also all square at the Amex and Brighton and Newcastle cancelled each other out in their own 0-0.