Meltdown: Man United feeling heat after 4-0 loss at Brentford

Temperatures soared in England on Saturday and no one felt the heat more than late Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

On another humbling day for a massive club in freefall, United conceded four goals in the first 35 minutes and were swept away by a 4-0 defeat at Brentford in the Premier League.

It’s two matches, two defeats so far for Ten Hag, the Dutchman who arrived from Ajax in a bold offseason appointment as United’s fifth manager in nine years and looked shocked in the dugout as the goals poured in at Brentford Community Stadium.

It was understandable too. United had never gone to half-time in a Premier League game that was down 4-0. Never before in the Premier League have United conceded so many goals so quickly.

There were so many individual errors – goalkeeper David de Gea let a weak shot dribble under him for the first goal, Christian Eriksen was tackled in his own box before the second, and Brentford had two free headers in a corner for the third – which Ten Hag probably wanted to change most of his team at halftime.

He made three half-time substitutions, with Cristiano Ronaldo – back in the United squad after an off-season when he pushed to leave the club – staying on and playing the full game. He wore a frustrated look throughout.

Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo scored for Brentford, who pressed relentlessly and blew United away.

It could get even worse for Ten Hag and his new side, who started with a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton last weekend. Next? It’s just Liverpool’s fierce rival.

United’s collapse came in the last of seven games on Saturday which were played in sweltering conditions reaching up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).

Manchester City and Arsenal have both scored four goals in home wins and continue to set a strong start to the season.

CITY CRUISE

Man City didn’t even need Erling Haaland to score in their 4-0 loss to Bournemouth.

Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were the scorers for City with an own goal, with Haaland barely seeing the goal in their first game at the Etihad Stadium.

The Norwegian striker scored both goals for City in their 2-0 opening weekend win at West Ham but was largely ousted a week later, netting just eight touches before going off at the 74th.

THE DOUBLE OF JESUS

A player who left City thrives at Arsenal.

Gabriel Jesus played a starring role in the 4-2 win over Leicester, scoring the front two before half-time and providing the assists for second-half strikes from Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli.

Jesus, the Brazilian striker who left City in the summer for £45m ($54m), was in fine form for Arsenal in pre-season and seems to be enjoying being the starting striker again after being in and out of the City team.

An own goal from William Saliba and strike from James Maddison brought Leicester twice within a goal of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

GERRARD TOPS LAMPARD

England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were rivals in the dugouts as they played each other for the first time as managers on Saturday.

Gerard emerged victorious.

Despite a late wobble, Aston Villa beat Everton 2-1 for their first win of the season and left their opponents without a point. Danny Ings and Emi Buendia scored for Villa before an 87th-minute own goal from Lucas Digne gave Everton hope.

Like Man United, Everton are zero points after two games.

RECORDED PENALTY

Consecutive draws were probably as many as Fulham could have expected on their return to England’s big time.

It could have been a lot more, however, with Aleksandar Mitrovic having a late penalty saved in a 0-0 draw at Wolverhampton.

Jose Sa dove to his right to collect the spot-kick from the Serbia international, who scored twice in the 2-2 with Liverpool last weekend and was looking to score his 45th league goal in as many appearances for Fulham.

There were two more draws, with Brighton and Newcastle struggling to a 0-0 stalemate and Southampton coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Leeds.

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