Erik ten Hag’s reign at Manchester United has only just begun, but a loss in just his second game will see him set an unwanted record that dates back nearly 86 years!
The Dutchman’s tenure at Old Trafford got off to a nightmarish start as his side lost 2-1 to Brighton to add to the misery around the club.
United ended last season on a six-game losing streak, their worst away losing streak in the English top flight since March 1981.
The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 4-1 in the Manchester derby against City in early March.
Two consecutive trips to Merseyside followed in which United lost 1-0 to Everton before shipping four more to Liverpool.
United also lost 3-1 to Arsenal before ending the season with back-to-back defeats – to Brighton and Crystal Palace respectively.
Heading into the new season, Ten Hag’s side could suffer seven away league defeats in a row when they visit Brentford.
United have not suffered such a losing streak since falling to 10 consecutive defeats between September and December 1936.
However, Ten Hag may have a secret weapon in Christian Eriksen.
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The Dane was forced to operate out of position against Brighton in the absence of Anthony Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Once the latter emerged from the bench in the second half, Eriksen returned to his preferred midfield role and was impressed.
He created the most chances (3) and had the most shots (3) for United in their opening match loss to the Seagulls.
Eriksen has created 33 chances since returning to the Premier League in February, with only Kevin De Bruyne (45) and Martin Odegaard (38) up front.
And the 30-year-old will have extra motivation to impress against his former club Brentford.
During his time under Thomas Frank, Eriksen made 11 appearances, scoring one goal and setting up four more to help the club avoid relegation.
He opted not to re-sign with the Bees this summer in a bid to make history with United – a loss on Saturday will see him accomplish that feat much sooner than he thought…
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