The embarrassments keep coming for Man Utd, who were beaten 4-0 at Brentford and are now bottom of the Premier League.
It was 125 minutes into the latest new era at Manchester United when the loyal away end once again regaled the players in front of them with a chorus ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’.
That came shortly after Erik ten Hag had been told he was getting sacked in the morning for the second game in succession. Just like Brighton had last week, Brentford’s fans also told United they were going down.
It’s an embryonic league table after two games this season, but it makes as grim a reading for United as at any period in the last decade. They are bottom of the Premier League after two fixtures against mid-table teams. One goal scored, six conceded. No points. No point.
It makes you wonder; just when will Manchester United hit rock bottom? This was supposed to be a summer of change at Old Trafford, the chance to mark a line in the sand, but 2022/23 looks an awful lot like 2021/22. A shambles, in other words. If we thought the depths had finally been plumbed at the Amex Stadium in May, then it turns out we were mistaken. It would be brave to say with any confidence it won’t get worse than this.
This defeat was as bad as any of the indignities United suffered last season. This time they had to endure the embarrassment while dressed head to toe in the new lime green third kit. Dressed in lime and playing like lemons.
Until the actual football started there was a lot to like about the start of the Ten Hag era. They looked slick and good to watch on tour in Thailand and Australia.
But as soon as the competitive football has begun they melted as quickly as ice cream in the Brentford sunshine yesterday. It’s been pitiful to watch.